10:45 Thursday, 02 December 2021
It’s after the first case of Omicron was found here.
The National Public Health Emergency Team are meeting this morning to consider recommendations for further restrictions.
It’s after the first case of the Omicron variant was found here.
Yesterday, Taoiseach Micheal Martin confirmed the first case was found.
It’s reported the Dáil has started to debate the return of mandatory hotel quarantine.
There are mixed opinions on this, and also hopes that we won’t need to go back into lockdown.
Health Minister Stephen Donnelly is looking to bring back the powers to require people entering Ireland from overseas to quarantine.
However, he says there are no plans to add any country to the hotel quarantine list for the moment.
Former Minister Michael Creed has said he’s not convinced new restrictions on travel are proportionate.
The Fine Gael TD told the Dáil he believes many people will be stopped from coming home for Christmas because of new testing rules.
From tomorrow people will need a negative antigen or PCR test to enter Ireland from overseas.
The Agriculture Minister says he’s “hopeful” Ireland can avoid another lockdown.
Yesterday it was confirmed that there were 55 deaths related to Covid-19 in the past week.
3,793 new Covid-19 cases were confirmed yesterday.
There are 578 people currently in hospital with the virus – 117 of whom are being treated in intensive care.