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German regional health ministers call for tighter rules on UK arrivals

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German regional health ministers call for tighter rules on UK arrivals
German regional health ministers call for tighter rules on UK arrivals   -   Copyright  Thomson Reuters 2021   -  

<div> <p><span class="caps">BERLIN</span> – Germany’s regional health ministers urged the national government on Saturday to introduce tougher rules on people arriving from Britain, where the Omicron coronavirus variant has sparked a surge in infections. </p> <p>At a meeting, the ministers called on Berlin to classify Britain as a virus-variant area, meaning people arriving from the country would have to quarantine for two weeks even if they are vaccinated. </p> <p>“The spread of Omicron in the UK is very evident … We have to prevent the spread for as long as possible and slow it down as much as possible,” the ministers said in a statement. </p> <p>Britain is currently classified in Germany as a high-risk area, meaning travellers who are vaccinated or have recovered from <span class="caps">COVID</span>-19 do not need to a provide a test or quarantine.</p> <p>Unvaccinated travellers must provide a test and quarantine for at least five days.</p> <p>Britain has reported record daily <span class="caps">COVID</span>-19 infections for the past three days, reaching over 90,000 on Friday.</p> <p>Infections rose steeply in Germany through October and November, but have been slowly falling since December, with 50,968 reported on Friday. </p> <p/> </div>