New Figures Reveal Over 10k Individuals Have Entered Mandatory Hotel Quarantine System Since It Started
New figures have revealed that over 10,000 individuals have entered the mandatory hotel quarantine system since it started in March.
As reported by rte.ie, new figures released to RTÉ News reportedly reveal that a total of 10,196 individuals have entered the system to date.
More than 2,000 individuals per month were reportedly entering the system at its peak, but since travel restrictions eased on July 19, the monthly figure has reportedly decreased to 1,450.
3,376 appeals have reportedly been made by individuals in mandatory hotel quarantine, and the department reportedly said that approximately 30% of these were repeat appeals and a total of 517 appeals have been granted.
159 individuals have reportedly absconded from the system over the past five months, with just 35 of these reportedly being returned to the system with the assistance of gardaí.
Number Of Facilities To Be Reduced, But System To Continue
The number of hotel facilities used for the system will reportedly be reduced from eight to three from this week, with just Holiday Inn Express in Santry and two Crowne Plazas in Santry and Blancardstown being used for arrivals into the system.
The Department of Health reportedly said that mandatory hotel quarantine will continue to operate for as long as is considered necessary, but like other public health measures, it will keep the requirement for the system under review.
Minister For Transport Statements
Minister for Transport Eamon Ryan reportedly said that mandatory hotel quarantine will remain in place despite the reduction in the number of countries subject to the system, and that the system is not intended to be permanent and that it will eventually be wound down, but that will not happen "any time soon".
Ryan reportedly said that COVID-19 is still rampant throughout the world and the system is needed in the event that protection is needed against a new variant of the variant.
Ryan reportedly said that the system has worked very well and its operation will be kept under review, and there are approximately 400 individuals in mandatory hotel quarantine at present.
Irish Council For Civil Liberties Executive Director Statements
The Irish Council for Civil Liberties (ICCL) reportedly said that it is questionable whether the mandatory hotel quarantine system is viable at this point.
ICCL executive director Liam Herrick reportedly said that as Ireland is committing to removing the remaining COVID restrictions, "it is essential that this system of detention is abolished at the earliest opportunity", and that he believes that alternative methods of monitoring international travel must be explored as a priority.
23 Countries Removed From Quarantine List
The above news coincides with news that Minister for Health Stephen Donnelly has said that 23 countries have been removed from the government's list of designated states for mandatory hotel quarantine.
The 23 countries that have removed from the mandatory hotel quarantine list are reportedly Bangladesh, Botswana, Cuba, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Eswatini, Fiji, Georgia, India, Kazakhstan, Malaysia, Mozambique, Myanmar, Namibia, Pakistan, Paraguay, Russia, South Africa, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago, Tunisia, Uganda, Uruguay, and Zimbabwe.
Meanwhile, Ecuador has reportedly been added to the list, joining Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia and Peru.
Rules For Arrivals From Countries On Quarantine List
Individuals who do not have valid proof of vaccination against COVID-19 or recovery from the virus arriving to Ireland from countries on the list, whether they have been in them or transited through them, must enter mandatory hotel quarantine, a negative PCR test is also required for individuals travelling from these states.
Individuals travelling from designated states with proof that they are fully vaccinated must present evidence of a negative PCR test taken less than 72 hours before arrival and undergo self-quarantine until they receive a negative PCR result from a test taken five days after their arrival here.
If they are required to enter mandatory hotel quarantine, they are able to leave it if they have a negative test result from day ten onwards.
Individuals travelling from designated states with proof that they are recovered from COVID-19 must also undergo self-quarantine until they receive a negative PCR result from a test taken five days after their arrival in Ireland.
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