Figures from the department of Social Protection show a total of 68,914 PPS numbers were issued to Foreign Nationals last year , an average of 5,742 per month .
PPS numbers are issued to people coming to Ireland for work , study or to claim asylum and are an accurate reflection of the numbers and nationalities arriving here .
This publication can reveal that outside of Europe , the Countries in receipt of the most pps numbers are Countries with the highest infection rates worldwide .
A total of 6,681 pps numbers were issued to people from India . India has the second highest Covid-19 infection rate in the world
5,840 were issued to people from Brazil , Brazil has the third highest infection rate worldwide and on Friday it was announced by our national public health emergency team (Nphet) that a Brazilian strain of the virus had arrived here , scientists say the strain is spread faster and can evade antibodies making current vaccinations ineffective.
2,575 pps numbers were issued to people from the USA , the USA has the highest infection rate worldwide .
1,293 pps numbers were issued to people from South Africa and last Month it was announced that a South African strain of the virus had landed in Ireland , like the Brazilian strain , scientists say its more contagious and vaccines could be less effective against it .
10,001 pps numbers were issued to people from the UK . The UK has the fifth highest infection rate worldwide and its variant of the Virus called the 'B117 variant' has spread to Ireland and now accounts for 90 per cent of Covid-19 cases in Ireland . Studies have suggested that the UK variant could be anywhere from 36 to 71 per cent more infectious than the original Wuhan virus.
Thousands of other pps numbers were issued to people from France (2,056) , Spain (2,961) and Italy (2,688) . These countries are ranked the 6th , 7th and 8th most infectious countries worldwide.
While thousands continue to arrive in Ireland from high risk countries , a report published last month in the Eurosurveillance journal on infectious diseases revealed how one single flight into Ireland last summer resulted in fifty-nine confirmed cases of Covid-19 accross six different health regions . The plane was just 17% full and contained passengers from 3 different continents some wearing masks .
Under the Government's current travel rules . Its a requirement for people arriving to provide evidence that they have a negative or ‘not detected’ COVID-19 (RT-PCR) test carried out no more than 72 hours before arrival but those who dont are not refused entry but can take the test after arrival . People are then required to undergo a 14-day quarantine period at an agreed address.
In comparison , the UK has implemented a red list travel ban system banning outright the arrival of people from virus mutation regions like Brazil and South Africa , including people travelling through those countries in the last 10 days .
Meanwhile , Latest figures from the Health Protection Surveillance Centre shows the overall total of confirmed Covid-19 cases in Ireland has risen to 215,057 with an average of 780 new cases per day .