Poland classified as a high incidence area

Poland classified as a high incidence area

Because of sharply rising corona infection rates, the German government classifies Poland as a high-incidence area.

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From Sunday (March 21, 2021), entry from the neighboring country bordering Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania, Brandenburg and Saxony will only be allowed with a negative Corona test. This was announced by the Robert Koch Institute on Friday on the Internet. Bulgaria, Cyprus, Kuwait, Paraguay and Uruguay are also on the list of high-incidence areas as of Sunday. For the previous virus variant areas of Great Britain and Ireland, on the other hand, travel restrictions will be significantly relaxed.

Portuguese Algarve no longer a risk area

The quarantine and compulsory testing will be lifted completely for another popular vacation destination for Germans: The Portuguese Algarve, like Mallorca and the other Balearic Islands before it, will be removed from the list of risk areas. However, hotels in the Algarve are currently still not allowed to accept tourists. This means that vacations on the beaches of the Portuguese south coast are still not possible, unlike on Mallorca.

Infection rates in Poland have risen dramatically

In Poland, the number of infections has risen dramatically in recent days. Countries and regions where the number of new infections per 100,000 inhabitants exceeds 200 within one week are classified as high incidence areas. There is no official incidence value for Poland. However, the absolute number of new infections in one day on Friday was 25,998, just below the record 27,875 reported in November.

By comparison, the RKI reported 17,482 new infections in Germany within 24 hours on Friday, significantly fewer than in Poland. However, Germany has more than twice as many inhabitants. According to the Polish Ministry of Health, the British variant of the virus is now responsible for more than 60 percent of new infections in Poland.
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No stationary border controls planned

Up to now, people entering Germany from Poland can still be tested 48 hours after entering Germany. There are no effective control options for this. The obligation to be tested upon entry, on the other hand, is more likely to be checked, even though no stationary border controls are planned as yet, as at the borders with the Czech Republic or the Austrian state of Tyrol. However, random checks are possible behind the border in the course of the so-called Schleierfahndung.

Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania has already passed a resolution to implement the new classification for border commuters: They are to submit a negative Corona test every 48 hours. In Brandenburg, commuters are to be tested only twice a week.

Source: dpa

| Last edited: Saturday, 20. March 2021 21:19 Uhr

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