1,500 arrivals from Brazil in last 2 weeks told to get Covid test 'immediately'

1,500 arrivals from Brazil in last 2 weeks told to get Covid test 'immediately'

17/01/2021 20:30:00

1,500 arrivals from Brazil in last 2 weeks told to get Covid test 'immediately'

SOME 1,500 people have arrived in Ireland from Brazil in the last two weeks as fears rise over the new Brazilian strain of Covid-19. Health Minister Stephen Donnelly has told the arrivals to contac…

15:41SOME 1,500 people have arrived in Ireland from Brazil in the last two weeks as fears rise over the new Brazilian strain of Covid-19.Health Ministerhas told the arrivals to contact a local GP, get a Covid-19 test immediately and restrict their movements.

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3The new strain is thought to be more contagious than the original virusCredit: Getty Images - GettyHealth Minister Donnelly said the Brazilian variant is causing concern in IrelandCredit: PA:Press AssociationHe called for arrivals from Brazil to get a Covid-19 test and restrict their movements

Credit: AFP or licensorsSpeaking on RTE Radio 1's This Week in Politics, Health Minister Donnelly said the Brazilian variant is causing concern.He called on the some 1,500 people who have arrived in Ireland from Brazil in the last two weeks to get a headtopics.com

Covid-19 test.He said: "We're looking at new variants from around the World. We have the South African variant, and we also now have a Brazilian variant which is causing concern."And can I just reiterate that anyone who has arrived in here from Brazil in the last two weeks, that's about 1,500 people, they are requested immediately to contact a local GP and get a PCR test and restrict their movements for 14-days."

STRAIN ARRIVALSeveral cases of the mutated, more contagious strain have already been confirmed in the UKAnthony Staines, Professor of Health Systems in DCU haswarned that the Brazilian strain of the virus will inevitably reach Ireland's shores.He said that new variants - which have made the virus more transmissible - would likely mean the spikes and outbreaks occurring even faster than before.

He told the Irish Sun: “It is absolutely inevitable.“But at some point, somebody will wind up in Ireland with the Brazilian virus. And that’s not the end of the world if we’re controlling the infection.“But if the virus is running around the country unimpeded it’s the makings of a disaster - a real disaster. Because we don’t we don’t know a lot about this strain.”

VACCINE PROGRESSAstraZeneca vaccine to Ireland ahead of securing approval from the European Medicines Agency.Donnelly said an advanced shipment of the vaccine would enable Covid-19 jabs to start as soon as it's granted EU approval, possibly on January 29. headtopics.com

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'WINTRY FALLS'Flooding and snow on cards for next week as temperatures to drop to sub-zeroHe said: "We've pulled forward in terms of vaccinations into the next seven days."So this day week, there will be 140,000 people vaccinated, 70,000 in the long-term residential care setting and 70,000 front line health care workers."

Donnelly said it was important to prioritise nursing homes in the jab roll-out due to the high rate of mortality among residents during the first and second wave of the virus. Read more: Irish Sun »

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BrigidLaffan Is it a bit late? Better late than never. Mandatory 2 week quarantine for people flying into country to prevent spread of UK, South African and Brazilian strain of virus. Why aren’t the airports closed ffs