COVID-19: Germany declares UK as ‘virus variant region’, forcing travelers from Britain and Northern Ireland to self-quarantine for 14 days

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COVID-19: Germany declares UK as ‘virus variant region’, forcing travelers from Britain and Northern Ireland to self-quarantine for 14 days


Germany has designated the UK as a ‘virus variant region’, meaning anyone arriving from Britain and Northern Ireland will need to be quarantined for two weeks upon arrival.

It comes a week after Germany declared the UK a COVID ” risk area “.

The Indian variant of coronavirus spread to the UK, with more than 3,400 cases identified to date.

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Angela Merkel reminded the public that the virus ‘has not gone away’

According to the advice of German authorities, a region of viral variants is “at particularly high risk of infection due to the frequency of spread of the SARS-CoV-2 virus variants of concern.”

Britain, Northern Ireland, all British Overseas Territories, the Isle of Man and the Channel Islands are all covered by the new restrictions, which take effect at midnight on Sunday.

Germany is on the UK’s Orange Travelers List – meaning people shouldn’t go on vacation, and anyone arriving in Britain will have to quarantine for 10 days or go through a release test.

Speaking of the latest quarantine rules, a German government source told Reuters news agency: “We want to play it safe.

“In this important phase of the vaccination campaign, the entry of problematic mutations should be avoided as much as possible. “

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According to Johns Hopkins University, Germany administered 43,730,162 doses of the vaccine – with 10,915,832 people fully inoculated.

This means that 13.13% of the population has had both strokes.

In the UK, 37,518,614 first doses were administered, while 21,659,783 second doses were administered, equivalent to 32.43% of the population.

Previously, German Chancellor Angela Merkel urged people to be more responsible as restrictions in the country began to ease on Friday.

The number of cases is starting to decline in a country that has seen 3,638,504 people testing positive and 87,135 deaths from COVID.

Most of Germany’s 400 cities and counties have fallen below the 100 cases per 100,000 population needed to start easing measures.

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Open-air hospitality has reopened in many parts of Germany

Chancellor Merkel said: “We can be happy that (infection rates) have declined so far in recent days and in the past two weeks we can think about opening the stages.

“I hope that after a long period of closures and opportunities that they didn’t have, people will treat these opportunities very responsibly. “

She added: “The virus has not gone away. “

Berlin’s breweries, cafes and restaurants have started serving customers outdoors for the first time in months – provided they show a negative COVID test or vaccination certificate.

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