Preparation underway to restrict travel from high risk countries

The Department of Health is preparing a list of options for the government on how to restrict non-essential travel here from countries with high risks of COVID-19.

While travel related cases here remain relatively low, many countries are seeing rapid increases in the numbers testing positive for the virus.

A travel "red list" including countries like the United States where the rate is currently 116 cases per 100,000 and Brazil where it is 143 per 100,000 is being drawn up.

Editor of Travel extra magazine Eoghan Corry says a red list will offer extra protection against coronavirus: