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Germany tightens travel restrictions for visitors to UK


VIENNA (AP) – Germany is tightening travel restrictions for people coming from Britain in response to the rapid spread of the omicron variant there.

VIENNA (AP) – Germany is tightening travel restrictions for people coming from Britain in response to the rapid spread of the omicron variant there.

The country’s national center for disease control, the Robert Koch Institute, added Britain to its list of “virus variant zones” on Saturday evening. This means that anyone traveling from the UK to Germany must enter mandatory quarantine for 14 days, regardless of their vaccination status.

The new restrictions, which take effect at midnight Sunday, come as the UK reports a record number of new coronavirus infections. Britain saw 90,418 new cases of COVID-19 on Saturday, on Sunday it reported 82,886 more cases.

The UK joins eight African countries, including South Africa, on Germany’s list of ‘virus variant zones’.

The Robert Koch Institute’s announcement comes following tightened restrictions for other countries in Europe as the continent faces a fourth wave of infections.

As of Sunday, Germany considers France and Denmark to be “high-risk areas”, meaning those who are not vaccinated or recovered from the virus must self-quarantine for 10 days after entering the country. country. Dozens of countries, including almost all of Germany’s direct neighbors, have now been added to this category.

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The Associated Press





Cory E. Barnes

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