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Leo Varadkar and Stephen Donnelly clash over quarantine requirements

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Leo Varadkar and Stephen Donnelly clash over quarantine requirements

There has been additional confusion caused about mandatory quarantine requirements in Ireland after Tanaiste Leo Varadkar and Minister for Health Stephen Donnelly clashed on the topic, offering conflicting definitions.Leo Varadkar, Stephen Donnelly are posing for a picture© Provided by Extra.ie

Although there is no lack of clarity around the need to quarantine after returning from abroad, diverging opinions have emerged about the difference, if any, between quarantine and self-isolation.

Mr Donnelly has suggested that people living in shared accommodation who have returned from overseas should largely confine themselves to their bedroom for the duration of their quarantine period, as they could pose a risk to their house mates.Leo Varadkar et al. standing next to a man in a suit and tie: There has been additional confusion caused about mandatory quarantine requirements in Ireland after Tanaiste Leo Varadkar and Minister for Health Stephen Donnelly clashed on the topic, offering conflicting definitions. Pic: Sam Boal/RollingNews.ie© Provided by Extra.ie There has been additional confusion caused about mandatory quarantine requirements in Ireland after Tanaiste Leo Varadkar and Minister for Health Stephen Donnelly clashed on the topic, offering conflicting definitions. Pic: Sam Boal/RollingNews.ie

Addressing the issue on Tuesday, Mr Donnelly said: ‘If you live with other people and you are travelling on your own, in that case you do need to go and self-isolate because you are a risk to the people you live with.’

However, this advice differed from that given by the Fine Gael leader, who insisted that anyone returning from international travel who has tested negative for COVID-19 is entitled to restrict their movements rather than self-isolate.

Mr Varadkar said: ‘You are talking about people who haven’t tested positive for COVID-19 — they have tested negative.Stephen Donnelly wearing a suit and tie: Addressing the issue on Tuesday, Mr Donnelly said: ‘If you live with other people and you are travelling on your own, in that case you do need to go and self-isolate because you are a risk to the people you live with.’ Pic: Sasko Lazarov/RollingNews.ie© Provided by Extra.ie Addressing the issue on Tuesday, Mr Donnelly said: ‘If you live with other people and you are travelling on your own, in that case you do need to go and self-isolate because you are a risk to the people you live with.’ Pic: Sasko Lazarov/RollingNews.ie

‘If, at the moment, you are somebody who has actually tested positive for COVID, at the moment, you are required to self-isolate.

‘But if you are a close contact, you are required to restrict your movements. So, this is the equivalent of somebody who is a close contact; yes, they have come in from overseas, but they have tested negative.’

The conflicting viewpoints from senior Cabinet members comes as it emerged that ongoing logistical issues mean that it is unlikely mandatory hotel quarantine regulations will be implemented before the end of February.These issues include the provision of quarantine hotels, as well as problems related to transport and security.

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