All travellers arriving at Ireland’s airports will be required to present a negative Covid-19 test as per the new plans set to be agreed by the country’s Cabinet.

Passengers travelling into the country must produce a negative PCR test from 72 hours before their arrival.

In addition, the Irish Independent reported that the ban imposed on passengers from the UK and South Africa will be extended until midnight of 8 January 2021.

From 9 January, passengers arriving from the UK and South Africa will be required to confine their movements for 14 days after their arrival.

No specific date has been set for the extension of the negative test requirement for passengers from all countries.

This comes after the country witnessed a surge in coronavirus (Covid-19) cases. On 5 January, 5,325 new Covid-19 cases were reported. The death toll from the infection in Ireland stood at 2,282 while total Covid-19 cases stood at 113,322.

Speaking on Ireland’s fight against coronavirus, chief medical officer Dr Tony Holohan was quoted by DublinLive as saying: “We can turn this around quickly if we stick to the measures we know worked last spring.

“We have seen some early progress in that the average number of contacts per case has been dropping in recent days but we need to continue this effort to limit as much as we can our contact with other people in the days and weeks ahead.

“If we all stay home and keep to the public health advice, we can bring Covid-19 back under control, which ultimately will protect our essential services such as Health and Education and most importantly save lives.”