By Laura Taylor • 01 August 2020 • 12:23
COVID TESTS: Germany offers free test to returning travellers.
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Germany will conduct free COVID tests to returning travels starting from this Saturday. This is the latest decision from the country to curtail the rate of transmission during the global health crisis.
Following a regulation approved by the Minister of Health, Jens Spahn, the tests will be carried out on all travellers who return to Germany, whether or not they show any symptoms, and no later than 72 hours after arriving in the country.
The coronavirus test can be performed at different points located at the airport or health centres in order to provide greater security to travellers. The German Government has announced that the insurance will be in charge of paying for the coronavirus tests, and now authorities are looking for other ways to cover the costs with a higher source of funds.
In Germany, there have been more than 9,000 deaths registered and 210,000 cases of the coronavirus since the pandemic began.
So far, Germany has not made a decision, such as the UK’s, to enforce a 14-day quarantine for people returning from Spain because of the rise in cases. Nevertheless, Germany has advised against travel to Aragon, Cataluña, and Navarra – not the entirety of Spain.
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Laura Taylor is a graduate from the University of Leeds. At university, she obtained a Bachelors in Communication and Media, as well as a Masters in International Relations. She is half British and half Spanish and resides in Malaga. Her focus when writing news typically encompasses national Spanish news and local news from the Costa del Sol.
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