Germany relaxes entry restrictions DW

The United Kingdom, South Africa, Namibia, Botswana, Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Malawi, Eswatini and Lesotho are no longer considered areas of the virus as of Tuesday, according to the Robert Koch Institute (RKI). and the Federal Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Berlin. In contrast, the nine states are listed below (only) as high-risk areas. This makes it much easier for people from these countries with full coronavirus vaccination to enter Germany.

It is surrounded by high-risk countries

The designation as a high-risk area has significant implications only for unvaccinated travelers: they must be quarantined for ten days upon entering Germany. After five days, however, you can “test yourself” with a negative result. There is no quarantine requirement for vaccinated and recovered travelers. Germany currently ranks all its neighbors as high-risk areas – with the exception of Austria and Luxembourg.

High-risk border: neighboring Denmark

When entering virus-infected areas – of which there are no more according to RKI information as of January 4 (at present) – on the other hand, there is also an obligation for vaccinated and sick people to be quarantined for 14 days, which can not be shortened. In addition, there is a fundamental ban on transport. Excludes German citizens or foreigners residing in the Federal Republic, as well as certain professional groups.

The highly contagious omicron variant was first identified in South Africa a month ago. In the meantime, however, it is spreading rapidly in Germany. According to experts in this country, Omikron will soon be the dominant variant.

Holetschek wants Omikron nationwide rules

Bavarian Health Minister Klaus Holetschek now demands national regulations from the Prime Ministers’ Conference on Friday
contain the micron variant. “Omicron is expected to displace the Delta variant in the short term, so we need to set the course now so that we are well prepared and not run blindly in a fifth wave,” the CSU politician told the Augsburger Allgemeine. Therefore, he expects “that the Conference of Prime Ministers on January 7 will decide on measures by which we can stop the Omicron variant at the national level.
be able.”

The Robert Koch Institute (RKI) is now recording further increases in coronavirus numbers. On Tuesday, RKI reported 30,561 new cases of coronavirus. That is 9,481 more cases than on Tuesday a week ago, when 21,080 positive tests were recorded. The impact of the seven days nationally increases to 239.9 from 232.4 the previous day. The price shows how many people per 100,000 inhabitants have been infected with the coronavirus in the last seven days. Another 356 people died from the virus. The RKI reiterated that fewer tests will be performed at the end of the year and therefore fewer cases are likely to be reported. Reliable data should be available from the prime ministers’ conference on Friday. The number of patients undergoing intensive care treatment with coronavirus in hospitals was 3771 on Monday.

Infections are on the rise, especially in the northeast

It has been clear for days that the new increase in numbers is mainly due to the spread of the virus in northwestern Germany. In contrast, the focus of the pandemic in recent months has been on the southeast. The background is probably the spread of the highly contagious omicron variant, which is thought to be responsible for the sharp rise in the number of infections in the UK, Denmark, the Netherlands and France. Among the federal states, Bremen has the highest impact value with 516.4. However, the corresponding numbers are also increasing in Schleswig-Holstein, now at 295.9. The country had reported the lowest incidence in months.

wa / fw / kle (afp, dpa, rtr)

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