Jens Spahn apparently wants to keep travelers on a short leash. (Archive image) Photo: dpa / Tobias Schwarz
According to a “Spiegel” report, Jens Spahn is planning to extend the entry restrictions from mutation areas. That should come out of a template.
Berlin – Federal Health Minister Jens Spahn (CDU) wants to extend the current restrictions on entry from coronavirus mutation areas until the beginning of March, according to a report by “Spiegel”. Accordingly, Spahn sent a corresponding cabinet proposal to the other members of the government on Monday evening. In it, Spahn wrote that the restrictions were required for a further 14 days.
Since the weekend, the strict rules have affected Germany’s neighboring regions of the Czech Republic and the Austrian state of Tyrol.
The y had previously been introduced for Great Britain, South Africa and Brazil, where different mutations were first discovered. Portugal and Ireland are also affected.
Formally a ban on carriage
In the template, Spahn continues, according to “Spiegel”, that the corona infection numbers in Germany are declining slightly. However, “the hard-won progress of the last few weeks” should not be endangered by “an unchecked spread of the virus variants in Germany”.
The refore, a “limitation of the entry through travel movements from virus variant areas” is still required.
Formally, the regulation is a transport ban, which forbids airlines, for example, to fly passengers from the mutation areas to Germany. Exceptions currently only apply to German citizens, people with a right of residence in Germany and transit passengers. All those entering the country must have a current corona test, register in an entry database and be quarantined in Germany.
The existing regulation would therefore expire on Wednesday.