Germany adds France, Malta, the Netherlands and Slovakia to its list of COVID-19 high risk areas and parts of 11 other countries

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On the recommendation of the Robert Koch Institute, the German Ministry of Foreign Affairs had updated its list of high-risk regions by adding to its regions 15 EU Member States and the Schengen area, including all of the territory of Malta, the Netherlands and mainland France.The RKI, which is the German federal government agency and research institute responsible for disease control and prevention, and updates the list weekly, recommended that the Federal Foreign Office classify the following areas as areas to high risk.

  • the Ostrobothnia region in Finland
  • all continental France as good as French Martinique Oversea territory
  • les régions Mid-West, South-West, Mid-East, West et Midlands Ireland
  • the regions of Campania and Liguria in Italy
  • City (town) Zagreb and Međimurska counties in Croatia
  • the whole country of Malta
  • the whole country of Netherlands
  • les régions de Kujawsko-pomorskie, Małopolskie, Podlaski, Pomorskie et Świętokrzyskie en Poland
  • the Norte region in Portugal
  • the provinces of Jämtland, Örebro, Stockholm and Uppsala en Sweden
  • the cantons of Friborg, Jura, Neuchâtel, Nidwalden, Schwyz, Uri, Zurich and Zug in Suisse
  • the whole country of Slovakia
  • the regions Jugovzhodna Slovenija, Pomurska et Podravska en Slovenia
  • the region / county of Veszprém in Hungary
  • the East Midlands and West Midlands regions of UK

According to the RKI, the classification as a risk area is based on a joint analysis and decision by the Federal Ministry of Health, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Federal Ministry of the Interior, Construction and Home Affairs.

« For persons entering the Federal Republic of Germany who have been in a risk area at any time during the last 14 days prior to entry, there may be an obligation to quarantine them in accordance with the respective quarantine regulations of the Responsible federal states.“, Notes the RKI in a press release.

The agency also points out that the assessment is primarily based on the number of infections and type of outbreak, testing capabilities and tests performed per capita as well as actions taken in states to contain the rate of infection. in each region.

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