Germany has announced that all arrivals arriving from risk areas will have to undergo a coronavirus test upon entering the country, beginning on Saturday.
Daily cases in Germany rise above 1,000 for first time since May
New cases of coronavirus in Germany have risen above 1,000 for the first time since May, causing the government to tighten the testing regime for travellers returning from risk regions.
On Thursday health minister Jens Spahn warned that the accelerating pace of new infections was a cause for concern and while authorities could manage the current rate of new infections, the trajectory was a worry.
From Saturday travellers returning to Germany from risk regions will face mandatory coronavirus tests.
Spahn blamed both the impact of travellers returning from abroad and people’s flagging adherence to social distancing guidelines for the increase, although he conceded that increased testing was also responsible for part of the increase. He said:
I understand if people are fed up, but they should resist the deceptive idea that the pandemic was never all that serious.
Spahn said there was a rising number of infections among people returning from the West Balkans and Turkey.
Asked if there was likely to be another blanket lockdown across the country he said he didn’t think they would have to comprehensively close shops again.