Germany classifies France as “high-risk” Covid-19 zone, health agency announces

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                L'Allemagne a déclaré vendredi toute la France une zone "à haut risque" pour les infections à coronavirus, une décision qui signifie que les voyageurs doivent présenter un test Covid-19 négatif et une mise en quarantaine à leur arrivée.
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                                    <p>La France, y compris tous les départements français d'outre-mer, est désormais considérée comme "à risque d'infection particulièrement élevé en raison d'un nombre particulièrement élevé de cas", a déclaré l'Institut allemand des maladies infectieuses Robert Koch.

Anyone traveling from France must be able to produce a negative test dated within 48 hours on entry, before entering a 10-day quarantine period in Germany.

Slovakia and the Czech Republic have meanwhile been demoted from the highest red alert list of “virus variant regions” to “high risk” areas.

Austria’s hard-hit region of Tyrol, which borders Germany, is also no longer considered a variant region of the virus and is now classified as a lower-level risk area, RKI added.

The travel updates come as Germany works to halt a sharp rise in new infections amid a slow vaccination campaign and the spread of new, more contagious strains of virus first detected in Great Britain. Brittany, South Africa and Brazil.

Coronavirus incidence rates, which measure the number of infections per 100,000 people over the previous seven days, have crossed the 200 threshold in many French departments. France reported 45,641 new infections on Thursday in 24 hours.

In Île-de-France, the region which includes the Parisian capital, it has exceeded 600.

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German Chancellor Angela Merkel warned on Thursday that France faces stricter entry conditions.

“While we are seeing such a high incidence, it is simply a necessity… a virtually automatic process,” Merkel told reporters.

“This is not a political decision here, but when we see the evolution of the incidence rate – as is the case here – exceed the threshold of 200 for a long time, this requires classification as a high zone. risk, ”she added.

Until now, only the French border area of ​​the Moselle had been classified by Germany as a particularly high risk area, due to the rapid spread of the South African variant of the virus.

Merkel, however, hinted that the France-wide high-risk classification would not necessarily lead to the same kind of strict border controls that are seen along the Czech and Austrian borders.

“There is a whole specific test procedure… which is being discussed with France,” Merkel said.

(FRANCE 24 with AFP)

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