Friday, 5 Mar 2021

COVID-19: Ireland’s lockdown extended until 5 March, Prime Minister Micheal Martin says

Ireland’s coronavirus lockdown has been extended by several weeks until 5 March, Prime Minister Micheal Martin has said.

Visa-free short term travel from South Africa and South America has been suspended until the same date, the Taoiseach added.

There will also be mandatory quarantine at a designated facility for people who arrive in Ireland without a negative PCR test taken in the past 72 hours.

“In other cases, people will be required to quarantine at home,” Mr Martin said.

He added: “These regulations will apply to anyone who travels into Ireland, from an airport or port on the island, including ports and airports in Northern Ireland.”

The PM said restrictions were lowering COVID-19 case numbers, adding: “We cannot give the virus or its variants any space.”

Mr Martin said the current level five restrictions would last until at least 5 March, “with a view to crushing the numbers of those contracting the disease”.

He added that “in turn”, he hoped the number of people needing hospital treatment and intensive care would decline.

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