India May Be Added to the Hotel Quarantine List As Concern Increases Over New Variant

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Top public health officials will meet on Wednesday to determine whether the expert advisory group o should add India to the list of high-risk countries for mandatory hotel quarantine.

According to two government sources, the expert advisory group on travel will likely recommend India’s future following the meeting.

On Tuesday morning, Northern Ireland’s Department of Health announced that the government had added India to its “red list” in line with a UK-wide decision.

In the Republic, three cases of the B1617 variant, first identified in India, have been confirmed. At least two of the cases are linked to travel, and the other case is being investigated.

In early March, the expert advisory group on travel was established to examine the risks from travel in various countries before making recommendations to the chief medical officer, who makes recommendations to the Minister for Health.

The team will consider factors such as the risk of sustained human transmission of Covid-19 measured by an incidence of 14 days in that country compared to that in Ireland and the risk of an imported variant of concern.

Health authorities in the Republic reported 11 deaths and 390 new cases of Covid-19 on Tuesday.

The Health Protection Surveillance Centre has been notified of four fatalities this month, two in March, four in February, and one in January.

4,847 deaths have occurred since the outbreak began in the Republic.

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