Berlin on Friday decided to tighten restrictions on travel to Spain, including the Balearic Islands and the Canaries, amid a resurgence of the pandemic in this popular holiday destination for Germans.
The measure, which also applies to the Netherlands, comes as the largest European economy is trying to accelerate the contamination seen on its soils during the summer due to the spread of the highly contagious Delta variant. Both countries are now classified as high-incidence areas, with new infections exceeding the threshold of 200 cases per 100,000 population in seven days.
10 day quarantine
Simply put, this means that travelers returning from Spain or the Netherlands will be forced to follow a 10-day quarantine upon return to Germany, which can be reduced to 5 days upon presentation of a negative test. Previously, they were placed in the category of countries at low risk. Then presenting a negative test on return is sufficient to be exempted from quarantine. People who are immunized after receiving two doses of vaccines or recovering are exempt from this quarantine.
According to the German health monitoring authority Robert Koch Institute (RKI), the measure will come into effect from Tuesday. Decision is apt to provoke”Concerns about those who are currently on leave or who are going to leave soon», reacted the German Association of Tour Operators (DRV). She advocates an end to the automated system based on simple incident statistics to determine the ranking of countries, taking into account the risk to travelers and the status of health systems and hospitals.
2,089 new infections and 34 deaths in 24 hours
The RKI has also decided to re-incorporate several French territories into the Group of Countries.simple risk”, where the incidence is more than 50. Corsica, Occitanie, Provence-Alpes-Cote d’Azur and Martinique are part of it. Germany is currently experiencing a resurgence of new cases of infection due to the delta variant, although at this stage the situation remains less tense than in most of its European neighbours. On Friday, RKI reported 2,089 new infections and 34 deaths in 24 hours, taking the incidence to 13.2. Chancellor Angela Merkel on Thursday “expressed her concern” at aexponential growthof new infections, urging still-reluctant Germans to get vaccinated.
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