Germany Puts Three Virus-Hit Spanish Regions on High-Risk List

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BERLIN—Germany will drive individuals coming back from three Spanish areas, together with Catalonia—residence to Barcelona—to enter quarantine or take a coronavirus check, in the newest blow to Europe’s journey business after months of lockdown.

With virus numbers ticking up in Germany, fears have grown that vacationers coming back from locations experiencing a surge in new instances, like Spain, might sow the seeds of a second wave.

Germany reported 870 extra confirmed coronavirus instances on Friday, bringing the entire number to 208,698 while 9,141 deaths have been recorded.

The Robert Koch Institute put Catalonia, Aragon, and Navarre in northern Spain on its listing of locations designated high-risk for coronavirus on Friday.

Individuals coming back from high-risk areas should go into quarantine for 2 weeks until they will current a adverse coronavirus check not older than 48 hours or are prepared to take a check at an airport.

From next week, Germany plans to make coronavirus checks obligatory at airports for all returning holidaymakers from high-risk areas with a view to sluggish the unfold of infections.

The choice comes after Britain reimposed a 14-day quarantine interval on individuals arriving from Spain and will deal an extra blow to Spain’s financial system, which is dependent upon tourism for 12.three % of its economic output.

Final week, Norway stated it will re-impose a 10-day quarantine requirement for individuals arriving from Spain, while France advised individuals not to journey to Spain’s northeastern region of Catalonia.

By Caroline Copley