Germany tightens border controls for “high incidence” countries

Germany tightens border controls for “high incidence” countries

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Berlin, Jan 24 – Germany tightens border controls starting today after defining on Friday a new group of more than twenty countries considered “high incidence”, including Spain, for which restrictions are contemplated more severe for entry into German territory.

Travelers from countries with a cumulative incidence of more than 200 new infections per 100,000 inhabitants may only enter Germany if they present a negative PCR test carried out at origin up to 48 hours before the flight and must take a second from the fifth day of quarantine.
According to the Ministry of the Interior, the police systematically control in airports and ports that travelers carry the negative test with them, while at the land borders towards other members of the European Union where there are no border controls, random inspections are carried out, they report the media.
Thus, at the Frankfurt airport, one of the main air traffic hubs in Europe, the agents mainly control the written declaration of entry into the country and the negative test.
These inspections, which are carried out directly on the plane, will foreseeably affect 17 flights from five countries to this airport this Sunday, says the newspaper “Welt”.
Also at Munich airport, the police have increased their presence with the same objective.
In this group are, in addition to Spain, Albania, Andorra, Bolivia, Bosnia, Egypt, United Arab Emirates, Slovenia, United States, Estonia, Iran, Israel, Colombia, Kosovo, Latvia, Lebanon, Lithuania, North Macedonia, Mexico , Montenegro, Panama, Portugal, Czech Republic, Serbia and the Palestinian Territories.
GERMANY RECORDS 12,257 NEW CONTAGES AND 349 DEATHS IN ONE DAY
The German health authorities today reported 12,257 new infections with coronavirus in the last 24 hours, while the fatalities totaled 349, according to data from the Robert Koch Institute (RKI) of virology updated last midnight.
The number of positives since the first contagion was announced in the country at the end of January last year totals 2,134,936 and the number of fatalities, 51,870.
The maximum number of infections was registered on December 18 with 33,777 new infections, and that of deaths, on January 14, with 1,244 in 24 hours.
Around 1,807,500 people are recorded as healed and the number of active cases stands at about 275,700, estimates the RKI.
In Germany as a whole, the cumulative incidence in the last seven days stands at 111.1 cases per 100,000 inhabitants, and new infections totaled 92,427.
The peak incidence at the federal level had been registered on December 22 with 197.6 new infections per 100,000 inhabitants in a week.
The number of patients with covid-19 in intensive care units on Saturday amounted to 4,660 -108 less in one day-, of which 2,614 -56% and 78 less compared to Friday-, need assisted respiration, according to data from the German Interdisciplinary Association for Intensive Care and Emergency Medicine (DIVI).
In one day, 478 new admissions of patients with covid-19 were registered in the ICU and 586 left intensive care, of which 32% correspond to deaths, the RKI specifies.
The reproduction factor (R) that takes into account infections in a seven-day interval is 1.01 in Germany as a whole, which means that every 100 infected infects an average of 101 other people.
Since December 26, the number of people who have already received the first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine in Germany has risen to 1,469,353, which corresponds to a 1.8% share, while 163,424 people have already have been vaccinated for the second time.
 

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