Covid-19 latest: More than 280 new cases as Minister suggests travel rules should change for fully vaccinated 

Covid-19 latest: More than 280 new cases as Minister suggests travel rules should change for fully vaccinated 

There are currently 60 people in hospital with the disease, of whom 23 are in intensive care units.

There have been an additional 283 confirmed cases of Covid-19, the Department of Health has said.

There are currently 60 people in hospital with the disease, of whom 23 are in intensive care units.

Daily case numbers may change due to future data review, validation and update, owing to the cyberattack on the HSE.

Advice around self isolation

People who are fully vaccinated against Covid-19 should not have to self-isolate on their arrival into Ireland from abroad, the Higher Education Minister has said.

Simon Harris said it would be “prudent and sensible” if public health officials examined the advice around self-isolating for those who have been fully vaccinated.

Mr Harris said: “It’s my view that there seems to be a logic that if somebody is fully vaccinated, surely they should have some benefit or bonus from someone who’s not fully vaccinated?

“I would like to see a review of the issue of a fully-vaccinated person having to self-isolate or self-quarantine at home. It seems to me not the most logical scenario.

“I would hope that as we move towards trying to reopen international travel and connectivity in the coming weeks, that our medical experts would look again at the issue of how fully-vaccinated people are treated.” 

He added: “We must be near to the point that when someone who is fully vaccinated against Covid-19 that there has to be a benefit to that in terms of the isolation rules.

“I made a similar point around mandatory quarantine that if you’re fully vaccinated, why are we sending people to mandatory hotel quarantine?

“I’m now asking the question as we learn more about the vaccine, the benefit of the vaccine, is it now time to begin to review the rules around fully vaccinated people having to self-isolate?”

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