By Sarah Keane • 13 January 2021 • 16:17
Kreuzberg in the German capital, Berlin.
BERLIN to order 15km movement restriction as Covid infection rates in Germany show no sign of slowing down
Residents of Germany’s capital face a 15km travel ban as soon as the weekend if the R rate over a seven day period climbs above 200 – the R rate is the number of coronavirus infections per 100,000 residents. If the numbers continue the way they have been going, the restriction on movement will be enforced on Saturday, January 16.
The restrictions on movement mean that residents won’t be allowed to travel more than 15km from Berlin’s border, unless for vital reasons, meaning that essentially people will be confined to the city. Airline travel will be prohibited, as will long car and train journeys.
Finance Senator Matthias Kollatz told RBB on Tuesday, January 12, that if the restrictions come into effect they will only be lifted again if the R rate falls below 200 in the capital for seven days in a row.
The news comes as Germany registered its 1,060 deaths from Covid on January 13, the third worst day of the entire pandemic, according to data from the Robert Koch Institute (RKI).
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Former teacher and health services manager with a Degree in English, Sarah moved to Spain from Southern Ireland with her husband, who runs his own car rental business, in 2019. She is now enjoying a completely different pace and quality of life on the Costa Blanca South, with wonderful Spanish and expat friends in Cabo Roig. Sarah began working with Euro Weekly News in 2020 and loves nothing more than bringing all the latest national and international news to her local community.
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