Eleven more deaths from COVID-19

Govt announces new rules for overseas visitors
  • Deborah Condon

A further 11 people with COVID-19 have died in the Republic.

Two deaths that were previously classed as COVID-related have been denotified, so the total number of deaths here is now 1,592.

Some 115 new cases of the virus have been confirmed, bringing the total number of cases here to 24,506.

Meanwhile, the Minister for Health, Simon Harris, has confirmed that from May 28, it will be obligatory for passengers arriving from overseas to complete a COVID-19 Public Health Passenger Locator Form. All passengers coming into Ireland must state on this form their address for the first 14 days of their stay.

These regulations will remain in effect until June 18, when they will be reviewed.

"We continue to advise everyone against non-essential travel. However, if a person does arrive into Ireland, they will be legally obliged to fill out this form, regardless of their nationality.

"The form will be used to facilitate a system of follow-up checks to make sure people who travel to the country are staying where they said that they would. The form will also ensure more accurate and quicker contact tracing, should we have a confirmed case on a flight or ferry coming into Ireland," Minister Harris explained.

The new regulations introduce new offences punishable by a fine not exceeding €2,500, or imprisonment for a term not exceeding six months, or both, for the following:

- Failure to complete and give the form to a relevant person
- Providing information that to the person's knowledge is false or misleading (whether on the form, when presenting the form, or in subsequent follow-up checks)
- Failure to provide further information to a relevant person upon request (who suspects that the form has not been completed properly)
- Failure to update residence or contact details if they change within 14 days of arrival into the State.

Passengers transiting to another jurisdiction, certified international transport workers, air and maritime pilot/masters and crew, will not have to complete the form.

Meanwhile, individuals from Northern Ireland will have to fill out a portion of the form.

Phase 1 of the Government's Roadmap for Reopening Society and Business is now in place. For more information on this, click here.


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