Berlin First Portugal, Spain and Cyprus, soon to be Greece and the Netherlands: Corona has been placed one after another on a holiday destination on the risk list – but not for long. The system needs to be changed.
As the number of corona infections rises sharply, the federal government will classify parts of the Netherlands, Greece and Denmark as high-risk areas from Sunday. The Robert Koch company announced Friday. This means that the Federal Foreign Office advises against travel to these countries and regions. As for the Netherlands and Danish capital region around Copenhagen, it also has practical implications: anyone who enters Germany via land from there and is not vaccinated or recovered must undergo a corona test again.
Along with Greece and the Netherlands, two popular holiday destinations for Germans are on the danger list. Portugal and Cyprus are classified as high-risk areas because they have particularly high infection rates, i.e. 5 to 10 days of isolation for unvaccinated or unrecovered travelers.
Spain has not yet upheld this rule, although the number of 7-day incidents has now risen to 282. The 200’s limit actually applies to more events, but other factors also play a role. There was speculation this week that Spain could be upgraded to a more vulnerable area.
The Netherlands is the first of Germany’s nine neighbors to be classified as a risk zone again. Foreign territories belonging to the state are excluded. The delta variant of the corona virus is responsible for the increase in outbreaks of infections in the Netherlands. After almost all restrictions were lifted, the number of new infections rose by 500 percent.
So the government pulled the emergency brake and withdrew some relief measures. People were urged to keep the security distance at 1.5 meters. But public life was largely normal, and the need for masks was often eliminated. In cases where the safety distance cannot be kept, visitors must provide evidence of a negative test result or vaccine.
The situation is similar in Greece. The number of epidemics there has been on the rise since the government relaxed nightlife activities and many young, yet unknown people went to dinner. People under the age of 30 are particularly affected, but the number of patients in the intensive care units is low. According to the Greek Health Authority, there are currently 132 patients airborne in the country with a population of 11 million.
In Denmark, two areas are classified as risk areas: Howstodt around the capital, Copenhagen, and the Faroe Islands, which are part of the Danish Kingdom. In the northern neighboring country of Germany, mainly young people are now infected with the corona virus, while older groups of people have already been largely vaccinated. Copenhagen is currently showing more events with its neighboring city of Friedrichsburg and the second largest city, Arhas.
However, the new estimates may have only a brief effect. Since August 1, the federal government has been working on a new entry regulation that would allow simple risk areas to disappear altogether – and the rules associated with it. Currently 82 countries are classified in this category. There are 29 high incidence and 11 viral variation regions.
However, the majority of the population is opposed to easing travel rules. According to a study by the opinion research firm Yukov, 73 percent of Germans support isolated needs. 39 percent are in favor of keeping them the same. A further 34 per cent are in favor of tightening. Only 22 percent support the ease or elimination of isolated need.
Two-thirds of respondents consider it unreasonable to take a vacation in a corona risk area such as Spain. 67 percent reject travel to such areas. Only 25 percent think vacations in risk areas are fair. 8 percent did not provide any information.
Despite the overall increase in the number of epidemics in Europe, there is good news in the new classifications: Sweden, Norway and the Comoros off the coast of Africa have been completely removed from the risk list. Sri Lanka and the Maldives are downgraded from high incidence to high risk areas.
At the same time, Thailand and Myanmar have been newly classified as high-risk areas. Cuba, Indonesia and Libya are the highest incidence.