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DUBLIN (Reuters) - Ireland is considering additional measures to limit non-essential travel in the wake of an uptick in COVID-19 infections in recent days both in Ireland and other European countries, Health Minister Stephen Donnelly said on Sunday.

Ireland already advises against all non-essential international travel and requires people arriving from all but 15 countries to self-isolate for 14 days, but it does not require COVID-19 tests from visitors and has not banned flights from any country.

"We're introducing random testing at the airports and an increased public health presence and we're examining other options as well for further restrictions on non-essential travel... because the international situation is becoming more volatile," Donnelly told RTE radio.

(Reporting by Conor Humphries; Editing by Susan Fenton)

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Trump says hes considering White House as venue for GOP nomination acceptance speech

President TrumpDonald John TrumpMark Kelly clinches Democratic Senate nod in Arizona Trump camp considering White House South Lawn for convention speech: reports Longtime Rep. Lacy Clay defeated in Missouri Democratic primary MORE said Wednesday that he is considering delivering his GOP nomination acceptance speech from the White House later this month.

“We’re thinking about it. It would be the easiest from the standpoint of security,” Trump said on “Fox & Friends” when asked about reports that GOP convention planners were considering the White House South Lawn as an option. “We’re thinking about doing it from the White House because there’s no movement and it’s easy.”

Trump went on to say he would “probably” deliver the speech live from the White House, but said the choice was not final and that he would change it if someone had a “problem” with it. Trump said that delivering the speech from the White House would also be the least expensive for U.S. taxpayers.

The president’s remarks follow a Washington Post report late Tuesday that Republican National Convention planners are considering the South Lawn as the venue for the president’s televised acceptance speech among other locations, including Trump International Hotel in Washington, D.C.

Trump was initially slated to deliver his acceptance speech in Jacksonville, Fla., but the president abruptly cancelled the Florida convention festivities late last month, citing the rising coronavirus cases in the state. Trump is expected to attend the GOP convention business in Charlotte, N.C., but has been coy about details regarding where he plans to deliver his official acceptance speech.

Trump has increasingly used the White House as a venue to deliver politically charged remarks as the coronavirus pandemic has compromised his ability to hold his signature large-scale campaign rallies, and a decision to hold his acceptance speech on the South Lawn would be the latest and most high-profile example of that.

The president’s use of the White House for overtly political events has broken with decades of practice by past presidents, who have sought to avoid campaign business on the White House grounds. The Hatch Act prohibits federal officials, including White House staffers, from engaging in partisan political activities but the president and vice president are exempted from the law.

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