Number of Covid-19 cases caused by foreign travel is likely far higher than Government claims

Way in which new infections are counted could lead to a considerable under-reporting of imported cases

1st February, 2021
Number of Covid-19 cases caused by foreign travel is likely far higher than Government claims
Leo Varadkar, the Tánaiste, told the Fine Gael parliamentary party meeting last week that international travel accounts for ‘one per cent or less’ of Covid-19 cases in the country. Picture: Rollingnews.ie

The number of Covid-19 infections caused by foreign travel is likely to be far higher than the Government is claiming, due to Covid-case counting rules.

Last week, Leo Varadkar, the Tánaiste, told the Fine Gael parliamentary party meeting that international travel accounts for “one per cent or less” of Covid-19 cases in the country. Other government ministers have made similar statements.

Their position is backed up by figures from the HSE’s...

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