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Taoiseach confirms stricter travel restrictions for passengers coming from UK will be discussed by Cabinet

An Taoiseach has confirmed that Cabinet will discuss implementing tighter travel restrictions for passengers coming from the UK this morning.

Martin said Government was continuing to monitor the spread of the Delta variant, first identified in India.

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Yesterday, Boris Johnson confirmed that the UK will put its planned easing of all Covid-19 restrictions on hold from June 21st, until July 19th.

An Taoiseach said Ireland will take one step at a time in implementing a decision on stricter travel restrictions, with the possibility of mandatory hotel quarantine being implemented.

“I think it makes sense that we continue to monitor this, which we will take public health advice as we move along, but so far the reopening has gone well in Ireland,” Martin said.

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Green Party leader Eamon Ryan also said that further restrictions on travellers coming from the UK will be likely.

“It’s likely, subject to Cabinet agreeing, that we will also change our recommendation for people coming from the UK just for this period, because there is a concern about this variant,” he said.

“It will be a tightening, where, after being able to release yourself from quarantine after five days, we’re going to make that 10 days, on the back of two PCR tests to show negative.”

Members of the National Public Health Emergency Team (NPHET) have expressed concern over the Delta variant for Ireland over the coming weeks and months.

Deputy Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Ronan Glynn, said that members of NPHET are concerned about the spread of the Delta variant in Ireland over the coming weeks.

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