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New rules for these holiday countries

Due to the sharp increase in the number of corona infections, the federal government has classified parts of the Netherlands, Greece and Denmark as high-risk areas since Sunday. The Robert Koch company announced Friday.

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Those on vacation in Spain are still escaping isolation

The Federal Foreign Office advises against travel to these countries and regions if danger warning. As for the Netherlands and Danish capital region around Copenhagen, it also has practical implications: anyone who enters Germany via land from there and has not been vaccinated or recovered must undergo a corona test again.

Along with Greece and the Netherlands, two popular holiday destinations for Germans are on the danger list. Portugal and Cyprus are classified as particularly vulnerable areas due to high infection rates, i.e. 5 to 10 days isolation period for unvaccinated or unrecovered travelers.

Spain has not yet upheld this rule, although 7-day incidents have now risen to more than 300. The 200’s limit really applies to most events, but other factors also play a role. There was speculation this week that Spain could be upgraded to a more vulnerable area.

Another danger area nearby

The Netherlands is the first of Germany’s nine neighbors to be classified as a risk zone again. State-owned foreign territories are excluded. The delta variant of the corona virus is responsible for the increase in outbreaks of infections in the Netherlands. After almost all restrictions were lifted, the number of new infections increased by 500 percent.

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So the government pulled the emergency brake and withdrew some relief measures. People were urged to keep the safety distance at 1.5 meters. But public life was largely normal, and the need for masks was often eliminated. In cases where the safety distance cannot be maintained, visitors must provide evidence of a negative test result or vaccine.

The situation is similar in Greece. The number of epidemics there has been on the rise since the government relaxed nightlife activities and many young people, although still unknown people go to the party. People under the age of 30 are particularly affected, but the number of patients in the intensive care units is low. According to the Greek Health Authority, there are currently 132 patients with ventilation in the country with a population of 11 million.

In Denmark, two areas are classified as risk areas: Howstodt around the capital, Copenhagen, and the Faroe Islands, which are part of the Danish Kingdom. In the northern neighboring country of Germany, mainly young people are now infected with the corona virus, while older groups of people have already been largely vaccinated. Copenhagen is currently showing more events with its neighboring city of Friedrichsburg and the second largest city, Arhas.

The federal government plans to cancel the assessment as a place

However, the new estimates may have only a brief effect. Since August 1, the federal government has been working on a new entry regulation that would allow simple risk areas to disappear altogether. Currently 82 countries are classified in this category. There are 29 high incidence and 11 viral variant areas.

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  • However, the majority of the population is opposed to easing travel rules. According to a study by the opinion research firm Yukov, 73 percent of Germans support isolated needs. 39 percent are in favor of keeping them the same. A further 34 per cent are in favor of tightening. Only 22 percent support the ease or elimination of isolated need.

Two-thirds of respondents consider it unreasonable to take a vacation in a corona risk area such as Spain. 67 percent reject travel to such areas. Only 25 percent think vacations in risk areas are fair. 8 percent did not provide any information.

Sweden and Norway are no longer high-risk areas

Despite the overall increase in the number of epidemics in Europe, there is good news in the new classifications: Sweden, Norway and the Comoros off the coast of Africa have been completely removed from the risk list. Sri Lanka and the Maldives were downgraded from high incidence to dangerous areas.

At the same time, however, Thailand and Myanmar were newly classified as high-risk areas. Cuba, Indonesia and Libya are now in high demand. (dpa / lra)