BERLIN (AP) – Germany announced on Sunday that travelers from France’s northeastern Moselle region would face additional restrictions due to the high rate of coronavirus cases there.
Germany’s disease control agency, the Robert Koch Institute, said it would add Moselle to its list of “variants of concern” which already includes countries such as the Czech Republic, Portugal and Britain.
Travelers from the area must have tested negative for the novel coronavirus recently before entering Germany.
The Moselle region in northeast France includes the city of Metz and borders the German states of Saarland and the Rhineland-Palatinate.
Clement Beaune, France’s minister for European affairs, said France regretted the decision and was in negotiations with Germany to try to ease action for the 16,000 Moselle residents working across the border. In particular, he said France did not want them to face the daily PCR virus tests that Germany implements elsewhere for travelers along some borders.
“We don’t want that,” he said.
He said France encouraged the use of easier and faster testing methods and for testing every 2-3 days rather than every day. Further talks are expected later Sunday, he said.
The Robert Koch Institute recorded 7,890 new confirmed COVID-19 cases in Germany over the past day, bringing the total to over 2.4 million cases. The death toll increased by 157 to 70,045.
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