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Covid variant fears as over 5,500 fly into Republic of Ireland from virus hotspots

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Covid signage at Terminal 2 at Dublin Airport (Brian Lawless/PA)

Covid signage at Terminal 2 at Dublin Airport (Brian Lawless/PA)

Covid signage at Terminal 2 at Dublin Airport (Brian Lawless/PA)

More than 5,500 people have entered the Republic of Ireland from countries deemed high risk from Covid-19, including over 2,000 passengers from Brazil, during a 28-day period this year, the Sunday Independent has revealed.

The confidential figures given to the Cabinet have emerged amid concern about the arrival of the so-called P1 Brazilian variant in Ireland.

The first three cases of the more transmissible variant were associated with recent travel from Brazil.


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