The German Chancellor on Friday warned her citizens not to make unnecessary trips to neighboring France, Austria, Denmark and the Czech Republic due to rising rates of COVID-19 infection. The move also means that people entering Germany from those countries will have to provide a negative test dated within 48 hours at the border, the Robert Koch Institute for Disease Control said.
French European Affairs Minister Clément Beaune said border workers living in eastern France and traveling to Germany each day would be required to take two COVID-19 tests per week.
Tens of thousands of French residents cross the border every day for work.
The move is likely to cause chaos between France and Germany, with the two countries already negotiating ways to reach an agreement.
Germany is also planning to make it mandatory for anyone flying in its territory to test negative before boarding the plane, even if they are not from countries designated as high risk.
Last month Emmanuel Macron announced new restrictions on his border with Germany in a blow to Angela Merkel after repeated threats by the Chancellor to seal off the country.
The French president has introduced new COVID-19 restrictions for the Moselle region on its border with Germany.
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In the Paris region, in northern France and on the Côte d’Azur, a lockdown has been imposed which has forced most stores to close again.
There is also a nighttime curfew in place between 7 p.m. and 6 a.m. across the country.
In Germany, Merkel has been warned that she could face a vote of no confidence in the Bundestag after being forced to make a humiliating turnaround on coronavirus restriction policies announced just 24 hours earlier.
Earlier on Wednesday, the Chancellor admitted it was a “mistake” to announce new lockdown restrictions for a five-day period during the Easter break.
The measure would have meant that all stores, including essential stores, close for an additional day.
She said: “The idea of an Easter stop was drafted with the best of intentions. We urgently need to stop and reverse the third wave of the pandemic. ”
But it was not possible to implement the hastily agreed measures so quickly.
Ms Merkel admitted: “This mistake is mine alone. ”