Germany Imposes Quarantine On Unvaccinated Travelers Returning From Spain

The German authorities have reclassified Spain this Friday as a high-risk area for COVID-19 infections, according to the update of the recommendations for travel abroad announced by the Robert Koch Institute (RKI) of virology.

This implies that travelers will be quarantined when entering Germany for a period of 10 days, which can be reduced to five if a negative PCR is presented on the fifth day. Those who show a certificate of complete vaccination or of having recovered from COVID are exempt from quarantine.

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The German authorities already placed Spain as a simple risk zone in July, a category that did not imply consequences for travelers in practice.

The new regulation will come into force next Tuesday, the 27th, according to the update of the RKI data released this Friday. The Netherlands will also enter that rating, and also from that day on.

The new assessment comes amid growing concern among German authorities about rising infections in the country itself.

A few weeks ago the level had been lowered to five cases in seven days, but from then on it began to rise again, so far mildly, but continued. That Friday, the national average stood at 13.2 cases.

The highest level at the scale of a “Land” is now registered in the city-state of Berlin, with 21.5 cases. From a cumulative incidence of 35 cases, special restrictive measures began to be adopted at the territorial level.

These levels are well below the peak, which was reached in December, with 196.7 weekly cases per 100,000 inhabitants. By then public life was practically paralyzed, from restoration to culture and non-essential shops, a situation that lasted until May, when a cautious reopening was carried out.

Both Chancellor Angela Merkel and her Health Minister, Jens Spahn, and RKI experts have warned these days of the danger of a new exponential increase, which would take shape as of autumn.

Approximately 48.5% of the population have the complete regimen and 60% have received at least one dose. However, the rate of vaccination has decreased and, on the contrary, infections among young people.

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