Ireland to replace British go back and forth ban with stricter testing – go back and forth

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Ireland plans to end a ban on go back and forth to the country from Britain on January 6 and replace it with stricter Covid-19 testing measures as it seeks to stop the spread of a highly infectious new variant of the virus, Foreign Minister Simon Coveney used to be quoted as saying on Friday.

Ireland banned passenger flights and ferries on December 21. Some 30,000 people had travelled to Ireland from Britain in the preceding two weeks, all through which time the new variant used to be spreading abruptly in parts of Britain.

Passengers flying on non-essential trade from Britain after Jan. 6 will wish to produce a negative test taken three days before their flight, Coveney told the Irish Independent newspaper.

They are going to also be asked to confine their movements for no less than five days from their arrival and can move freely only whether they then receive a second negative test.

“We’re planning to end the go back and forth ban with the United Kingdom on January 6 but replace it with a more restrictive set of go back and forth regulations between Britain and Ireland,” he said.

“We are anxious to move absent from a go back and forth ban, which we don’t think is realistic and there does wish to be go back and forth facilitated between Britain and Ireland for a lot of reasons.”

Covid-19 is spreading abruptly again in Ireland and health officials have said that it has found seven cases of the new variant from 77 positive tests that therefore underwent genomic sequencing.

(This story has been published from a wire agency feed without modifications to the text.)

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