Covid-19: Restrictions on travelling abroad may last several years, expert warns

Dr Sam McConkey says calls for better enforcement of 14-day travel quarantine

 Passengers at Dublin Airport prepare to fly to various locations earlier this month. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times

Passengers at Dublin Airport prepare to fly to various locations earlier this month. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times

Restrictions on foreign travel to combat the coronavirus could be necessary for several years, a leading expert on international health has warned.

Dr Sam McConkey, associate professor and head of the department of international health and tropical medicine at the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (RCSI), called for greater “teeth” to force people arriving into the State to quarantine for 14 days. Hotels near airports could be used to “forcibly contain” people if mandatory quarantining was introduced, he said.

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