Digital Desk, Dublin. The Irish government has made it mandatory for all travelers arriving in Ireland to report negative COVID-19 from Friday. A statement issued by the government said that passengers who have been vaccinated against Kovid and who have recovered from the disease in the last six months will also have to show the antigen test report within 48 hours from their arrival.
The statement said that the PCR test report will be required within 72 hours of arrival for those who have not been fully vaccinated. The measure is one of the Irish government’s efforts to contain the spread of the new COVID variant Omicron, which was first detected in South Africa.
No case of the Omicron variant has been reported in Ireland so far, reports Xinhua news agency. The Irish government recently placed South Africa and six of its neighbors on a high risk list, temporarily barring arrivals from travelers arriving from these countries. It also states that all Irish residents returning home from these countries will be quarantined for ten days, during which they will be subjected to two PCR tests.
The Irish Department of Health reported 5,471 new cases of COVID-19 on Tuesday, a level only seen during the pandemic’s peak time in early January.
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