A five-day quarantine request for travelers coming to Ireland from abroad will continue to allow too many cases to spread to the community, according to University of Dublin professor Anthony Staines.
The measure should be considered by the Covid government subcommittee at tomorrow’s meetings, but prof. Staines said international evidence indicates that five days is not a long enough period of time to protect cases again from the spread of the local community abroad.
“It’s a total waste of time. There’s a lot of work, especially from Americans, Australia and New Zealand, which really says you need to keep people in quarantine for 14 days,” the professor said. Staines.
“Five [days] will let so many cases into the community, everything will just start all over again. Five days is pointless. “
Additional measures aimed at irrelevant travel will be among the main points of discussion at tomorrow’s meeting, with increased checkpoints near Dublin Airport to be considered.
Despite the plans, Taoiseach Micheál Martin said the border with Northern Ireland would not be sealed, but a solution to mandatory quarantine with the two islands was being discussed with the UK.
According to the Center for Health Protection and Surveillance (HPSC), in the two-week period from January 9 to 22, 175 or only 0.38 percent of detected cases were related to travel. Between December 18 and 31, travel-related cases accounted for 0.67 percent (102) of the 15,302 cases reported during those twelve days.
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It also turned out that one flight last summer caused 59 cases of Covid-19 in six HSE regions.
A Eurosurveillance study found that the flight, which was 17 per cent full, led to 13 confirmed cases among those on board.
Each of them was transferred via a major international airport, flying to Europe from three different continents, and the transmission chain after the plane landed in Ireland led to a further 46 cases, mostly driven by social gatherings.
Under Level 5 restrictions, the National Public Health Emergency Team (Nphet) continues to encourage the public to avoid all unimportant travel.