Including the Czech Republic, Portugal and the USA: Federal government classifies more than 20 countries as high-risk areas – politics

Because of the particularly high number of corona infections, the federal government for the first time classified more than 20 countries as high-risk areas as of Sunday, for which slightly stricter entry rules then apply.

As the Robert Koch Institute announced on its website on Friday, this includes the neighboring country of the Czech Republic, the holiday countries Portugal, Spain and Egypt as well as the USA.

So far, the federal government had only differentiated between areas with particularly contagious virus variants and “normal” risk areas. There are now three categories:

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  • “Normal” risk areas: These are countries or regions above a limit value (also known as the incidence value) of 50 new infections per 100,000 inhabitants in the past seven days. This currently applies to almost all of Europe with the exception of individual areas in Greece, Finland, Norway, Austria and Denmark. Well over 100 countries worldwide are risk areas.
  • High incidence areas: These are countries with significantly higher numbers of infections than in Germany. As a rule, this includes countries with an incidence value of over 200 (incidence in Germany: 115). However, other countries can also be declared “high incidence areas” under this brand under certain conditions.

    As of Sunday, in addition to the countries already mentioned, there will be the following countries with particularly high risk: Albania, Andorra, Bolivia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Estonia, Iran, Israel and the Palestinian Territories, Colombia, Kosovo, Latvia, Lebanon, Lithuania, Mexico, Montenegro, North Macedonia, Panama, Portugal, Serbia, Slovenia and the United Arab Emirates.

  • Virus Variants-Area: These are areas in which highly contagious variants of the coronavirus have appeared. So far the UK, Ireland, South Africa and Brazil fall into this category.
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Travelers from “normal” risk areas must be tested for Corona no later than 48 hours after entering Germany. In addition, they have to be in quarantine for ten days, but can be freed from it prematurely by a second negative test from day five.

The difference between the high-incidence and virus variant areas: The test must be carried out a maximum of 48 hours before entry. In addition, the exception rules for the quarantine can be restricted. But that is a matter for the individual federal states. (dpa)