Saturday, 26 September 2020
Germany has once again extended the list of high-risk travel destinations due to a surge in Coronavirus (COVID-19) infections.
The list, updated on Friday by health monitoring agency Robert Koch, now includes neighboring Luxembourg, the Czech Republic and Austria’s Tyrol region, a favorite destination for German tourists.
The update comes just two days after many regions in France and 10 other European countries were added to the “red list”.
The German Foreign Ministry has warned against nonessential travel to the new red zone, where new COVID-19 infections have exceeded 50 cases per 100,000 population in seven days. Anyone traveling back from the area will need to undergo tests and enter quarantine pending the results.
In recent weeks, German authorities have warned repeatedly about a sharp increase in COVID-19 cases. About 15 EU countries are now on Bonn’s restricted travel list. In some cases, such as Spain, Luxembourg and the Czech Republic, the entire country is coded red, while in other cases, only a few zones are listed.
Germany is seen as a European model for dealing with the coronavirus, but has not been spared from a new spike in COVID-19 infections, which are partly to blame for returning tourists.
According to the Robert Koch Institute, the country recorded 2,153 new infections in the 24-hour period ended Friday.
Health Minister Jens Spahn on Friday urged Germans to spend the All Saints holiday in October in Germany rather than traveling abroad.
The Brussels Times
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