Ireland implemented its mandatory hotel quarantine regime on Friday for travelers arriving from countries at risk – currently 33 – to combat the importation of new variants of the coronavirus. The measure went into effect at 4 a.m. on Friday, according to the government’s website.
It is, according to the Ministry of Health, to “protect the population” against “new variants” deemed “worrying”. Ireland has been hit hard by a third wave of the pandemic, the virulence of which is attributed by health authorities to more contagious variants. Among the 33 countries currently involved are 17 African countries, 14 South American countries, as well as Austria and the United Arab Emirates.
The two-week quarantine will also apply to anyone who arrives in Ireland without the negative test required by the rules. However, it may be reduced to ten days in the event of a negative test during their isolation at the hotel. Offenders face a fine of up to 2,500 euros and / or six months in prison. According to the latest figures, Ireland deplores 4,631 deaths from the coronavirus, for a population of 5 million inhabitants.