GOVERNMENT ANNOUNCEMET: Level 5 lockdown has been extended until March 5th

Taoiseach Micheál Martin has said the number of people in hospital and ICU beds is still to high to consider lifting restrictions. 

Mandatory two week quarantine is also set to be introduced for people who arrive into Ireland without a negative PCR test.

It will also apply to people coming from Brazil and South Africa and there's been a pause on visa-free travel from those countries.

There will be an increase in the policing of the required two weeks of self-isolation for all travelers arriving into Ireland. 

The government has said more gardaí will be operating near ports and airports to clamp down on non-essential travel. 

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