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Coronavirus: Irish government to introduce random testing on airports

Christian Fernsby ▼ | August 4, 2020
Random coronavirus testing will be introduced at airports in the Republic of Ireland, the country's health minister has said.
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Stephen Donnelly   Ireland airports
Speaking to RTÉ's This Week programme, Stephen Donnelly said the move was needed because the "international situation is becoming more volatile".

Topics: Irish

He said passenger locator forms were being made electronic and tracing teams were to be "bulked up".

Mr Donnelly said the government would continue to take "a cautious approach".

The Republic of Ireland has seen a recent rise in the number of coronavirus cases.

In the past three days, the country's Health Department has recorded 168 new cases of the virus, compared with 65 cases in the three days before that.

"We're introducing random testing at the airports and an increased public health presence," Mr Donnelly said.

Asked if Ireland was doing anything differently to other countries seeing a resurgence of the virus, Mr Donnelly told the programme that in terms of foreign travel, Ireland had the most restrictive measures of any EU country.