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Construction workers near the Royal Exchange in the City of London, after the Prime Minister Boris Johnson said people who cannot work from home should be "actively encouraged" to return to their jobs. Photo: Kirsty O'Connor/PA Wire

Construction workers near the Royal Exchange in the City of London, after the Prime Minister Boris Johnson said people who cannot work from home should be "actively encouraged" to return to their jobs. Photo: Kirsty O'Connor/PA Wire

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Address: A screen grab of Boris Johnson delivering his speech from 10 Downing Street. Photo: PA

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Construction workers near the Royal Exchange in the City of London, after the Prime Minister Boris Johnson said people who cannot work from home should be "actively encouraged" to return to their jobs. Photo: Kirsty O'Connor/PA Wire

Ireland risks a serious coronavirus travel rules clash with Britain over quarantining.

Among the virus lockdown changes announced by UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson in London is an exemption given only to people travelling by plane from the Republic of Ireland and France. They are not bound by the obligation on all other air travellers arriving in Britain to go into a 14-day quarantine.

But sources in Dublin have stressed that the Irish health authorities cannot extend any such courtesy to air travellers arriving from Britain to Ireland. This means British people coming to Ireland, or Irish people returning from a visit there, will be obliged to give their details and self-isolate for 14 days.