Two Irish women were arrested for allegedly refusing to go to a quarantine hotel after returning from a medical tourism tourism in Dubai.
Kirstie McGrath, 30, and Niamh Mulreany, 25, left the United Arab Emirates and arrived at Dublin Airport on Friday, April 2, according to Independent.ie – an Irish national news outlet.
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Refusing to go to a quarantine hotel, the couple allegedly landed at Ballymun Garda Station in Santry, Dublin.
McGrath and Mulreany were charged with violating the country’s current health law, according to the sender.
In late March, the Irish health authorities announced that there would be mandatory hotel quarantines for travelers arriving from countries determined to be a “significant risk.”
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“Any passenger who has been in one of these Category 2 countries for the previous 14 days, even if it is only driving through one of these countries, and even if it remains airside, is legally obliged to quarantine at a particular place (mandatory hotel quarantine ), “travel guidelines published on the Ministry of Foreign Affairs reads. “This is true even if the passenger receives a negative RT-PCR test result upon arrival in the state. There are very limited exceptions to this requirement.”
McGrath and Mulreany appeared before Judge Miriam Walsh at Tallaght District Court on Saturday, April 4, according to Independent.ie. Their lawyer Michael French said the two women were in the United Arab Emirates for breast augmentation and were unaware of the hotel quarantine mandate.
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Walsh allegedly questioned whether the operations were important. Meanwhile, testimony from Irish police said authorities took two hours to explain the mandatory quarantine to the two women.
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French defended McGrath and Mulreany on the grounds that they were trying to return home to their children and had already taken three coronavirus tests that returned negative. He also challenged the constitution of the mandate, as people who have been diagnosed with COVID-19 are quarantined at home rather than in a hotel.
The British Broadcasting Corporation estimated that a 12-day stay for a single adult could cost around $ 2,231.35 when the quarantine mandate was first introduced in March.
Failure to comply with this mandate could result in a $ 2,349.73 fine or one month in prison, according to the BBC.
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Recent posts from social media users show that the public is still divided on the topic.
“This is a dangerous ‘law’ that a dictator can get in place. There is no logic in it, this is selective interference by people,” a Twitter user wrote. “People with C-19s who do not travel can stay in their own homes. Our ‘awakened’ government uses medieval dark-age pillar methods to calm the zealots.”
Meanwhile, another Twitter user wrote: “They were not worried about their children when they got there breasts done in Dubai, fair play for the referee so as not to take any rubbish from them.”
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Data from the Johns Hopkins COVID-19 Dashboard reports that more than 238,900 people in Ireland have been infected by the new coronavirus. The nation’s death toll is nearly 4,730.