By Ron Howells • 23 July 2021 • 20:48
Germany declares Spain AND the Netherlands COVID high incidence areas. image: Pixabay
Germany has declared Spain AND the Netherlands COVID high incidence areas, making travel from the countries much tougher.
Germany has toughened the rules for travellers from Spain and the Netherlands by declaring both countries a high incidence risk.
The move, issued by the Robert Koch Institute (RKI), comes into force on Tuesday, July 27, just at a time when Germany is attempting to slow new cases in the face of the rapid spread of the highly contagious Delta variant (formally known as the Indian variant) at the peak of the summer tourism season.
People arriving from “high-incidence areas” can avoid quarantine if they can prove that they are fully vaccinated or have recovered from COVID-19. Others can cut short the 10-day quarantine by testing negative after five days.
This now means that incoming travellers who are not fully vaccinated must quarantine. The plan was announced on Friday, July 23 afternoon, the move is expected to be a major blow to the Mallorcan and other tourist industries.
Angela Merkel has warned the German people that coronavirus restrictions may have to be reintroduced to curb a rise in cases and said that she is worried about the “exponential growth” of coronavirus infections.
The chancellor also called for “patience” in the wake of last week’s devastating floods.
“The infection figures are rising again and with a clear and worrying dynamic,” Merkel said in Berlin. “Every vaccination… is a small step towards a return to normality.”
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Ron actually started his working career as an Ophthalmic Technician- things changed when, during a band rehearsal, his amplifier blew up and he couldn’t get it fixed so he took a course at Birmingham University and ended up doing a degree course. He built up a chain of electronics stores and sold them as a franchise over 35 years ago. After five years touring the world Ron decided to move to Spain with his wife and son, a place they had visited over the years, and only bought the villa they live in because it has a guitar-shaped swimming pool!.
Playing the guitar since the age of 7, he can often be seen, (and heard!) at beach bars and clubs along the length of the coast. He has always been interested in the news and constantly thrives to present his articles in an interesting and engaging way.
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