Due to a sharp drop in the number of corona infections in the czech republic, the federal government downgraded the neighboring country from a high incidence to a normal risk area on sunday.
This means that there is no longer a general obligation to show a negative test result when entering the country. The robert koch institute also announced on friday that the last virus variant area in europe will also be downgraded: the french border region of moselle, like the rest of france, will then only be a high incidence area. This means above all a tightening of the quarantine rules.
At the end of january, the czech republic was among the first 20 countries to be classified as high-incidence areas with more than 200 new infections per 100.000 inhabitants within one week. Until recently, the country bordering bavaria and saxony was one of the european corona hotspots. In the meantime, the czech republic was even classified as a virus variant area and stationary border controls were reintroduced; however, they ended two weeks ago.
The situation has improved considerably in the meantime. According to current figures, fewer than 150 people per 100 infected in the czech republic within seven days.000 residents and the government in prague is cautiously taking the first steps toward easing the ban.
The classification as a risk area now means that people arriving from the czech republic do not have to be tested until 48 hours after arriving in germany, but this is difficult to control.
With the downgrading of the moselle region of france, the federal government now considers there to be only ten areas in asia, africa and south america where dangerous virus variants have spread particularly strongly. The situation in moselle has recently improved significantly. In the meantime, only 16 percent of corona infections are caused by the sudafrican variant. Two months ago, 60 percent of positive cases, according to prime minister jean castex.
Whether the reclassification for the about 16.It remains to be seen whether this will make life easier for 000 commuters from moselle. Because there were exceptions to the strict entry regulations for them anyway. Christophe arend, a deputy from forbach in paris, does not expect any changes in the compulsory testing, as he told the regional newspaper "le republucain lorrain". The mayor of morsbach told the newspaper that the move was finally a positive signal, and stressed that the rules for people from saarland and moselle had to be aligned.
As of sunday, the following changes have been made to the RKI’s risk list:
– bulgaria is also downgraded from a high-incidence to a high-risk area.
– lithuania and mongolia upgraded to high incidence area due to rising infection rates.
– the british virgin islands in the caribbean are completely removed from the list of risk areas.
– in norway, a region is newly classified as a risk area.