Rules tightened on travellers to Germany due to Covid virus

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BERLIN: All unvaccinated travellers arriving in Germany from Sunday are required to provide a negative Covid-19 test result as a part of the protective steps taken by local authorities as cases rise in the country’s popular holiday destinations.

Prior to this step being implemented, only those who entered Germany by air were required to produce the said test result if they have yet to be vaccinated or recovered from the virus for the past six months.

Travellers by road, rail or sea were not required to do so. 

The government announced this new rule on Friday caused by the growing concern of travellers bringing back infections from their summer holidays because the Delta variant of coronavirus has spread across tourist hot spots – this test however is not applicable for children under the age of 12. 

Meanwhile, the country has detected last week that one in five new infections were contracted abroad with travellers from Spain and Turkey accounting for nearly 500 cases, according to data from Robert Koch Institute (RKI) for infectious diseases. The cases in Germany have been on the hike since early July after more than two months of steady decline. 

A daily increase of 2,454 new cases and 30 deaths was reported by RKI on Friday.

The country has gotten off a slow start but has been picking up the pace of its vaccination programme. The severity and lethality of the disease has been reduced dramatically as more than half the population has now received both shots. – REUTERS

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