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Government's quarantine proposals fall well short of what's required - Darren O'Rourke TD

25 January, 2021 - by Darren O Rourke TD

Sinn Féin spokesperson on Transport Darren O’Rourke TD has responded to reports that the government is only planning to introduce mandatory quarantine for those who arrive here without a pre-departure Covid test, in addition to arrivals from a limited number of countries.

Teachta O’Rourke said:

“The plan to limit mandatory quarantine only to those arriving here without a pre-departure PCR test and arrivals from South Africa and Brazil is simply not good enough. It will not address the weaknesses in our Covid-19 defences when it comes to international arrivals.

“First and foremost, people should not be permitted entry to the State without a negative pre-departure test in the first place. They should not be permitted to board a plane.

“The failure to introduce a five-day post arrival PCR test is a glaring omission. This completely ignore the fact that - as stated by NPHET - a single negative Covid test can miss up to 40% of cases. Sinn Féin have consistently called for the introduction of mandatory testing post-arrival to address this. This needs to happen without delay.

“Given the dire situation, severe travel restrictions for international arrivals are needed. 

“We need mandatory testing, pre-departure and post-arrival, and a mandatory quarantine regime.  

“NPHET’s advice has been clear. In the past they have said mandatory quarantine should be introduced. In their most recent advice they say that all discretionary elements should be removed, with particular mention of testing and quarantine. It is simply unacceptable that the government is again ignoring this advice.” 

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