A FIVE-NATION quarantine agreement between the UK and Ireland is the “favoured solution”, Scotland’s national clinical director has indicated.
Professor Jason Leitch told Holyrood’s Covid-19 Committee that the best case scenario for avoiding a third wave of coronavirus will be to include the Republic of Ireland in measures due to the existence of a common travel area with the UK.
The Scottish Government has said it will diverge from current UK policy which will see a system of “managed quarantine” brought in for travellers arriving from certain countries.
First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has said those measures do not go far enough and her Government will bring in such a system for all travellers from overseas, while also lobbying Westminster to tighten the rules.
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Neither Professor Leitch nor Scottish Constitution Secretary Mike Russell could give a date for when the…