Germany has declared France a high-risk zone and is stepping up border checks, and EU leaders have decided not to block the export of vaccines, so as not to break the world’s production and supply chains.
Germany steps up border checks and fears the third wave
Germany on Friday declared all of France a high-risk zone.
Passengers traveling from France to Germany will need to present a negative test for coronavirus. At airports, it will be asked to show when boarding a plane, and random checks will be more intensively carried out on the roads.
Quarantine on arrival is desirable, French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian explained to his fellow citizens in an interview with the national radio station.
In both countries, the situation with the increase in new cases is of serious concern to the authorities.
In Germany, the number of cases per day exceeds 20 thousand, and the authorities say that the third wave can be more disastrous for the country than the first and second. The Robert Koch Institute has warned that without tougher quarantine measures, Germany could face up to 100,000 new coronavirus cases a day.
In France, 19 regions are under strict quarantine. More than 4,700 coronavirus patients are now in intensive care. In Paris and its environs, the situation is most alarming — 600 cases of covid are registered there per 100 thousand people.
On average, in France last week, this figure was 200 cases per 100 thousand people, in Germany-119 cases per 100 thousand people.
Britain may also put France on its “red list” in the near future. Prime Minister Boris Johnson warned about this on Friday.
This means that only those with a British or Irish passport will be allowed to enter from France to Britain, and passengers will have to self-isolate themselves in an airport hotel for 10 days at their own expense.
Currently, coronavirus statistics in Britain are at their lowest level since the beginning of autumn due to the closing lockdown and fast-moving vaccination. But authorities are wary of new strains of the coronavirus, against which current vaccines may be helpless.