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From Monday there will be an entry ban in Germany for people coming from India. The country is now not only classified as a high-risk area, but also as a virus variant area.

Berlin (dpa) – The federal government now wants to declare India a virus variant area. This means that from Monday there will be an extensive entry ban for people from Germany, the German news agency heard from government circles on Saturday.

For example, there are exceptions for Germans and foreigners who reside permanently in Germany. But they too must show a negative corona test before entering the country and quarantined after arrival.

“In order not to jeopardize our vaccination campaign, travel to India must be significantly curtailed,” Federal Health Minister Jens Spahn (CDU) told Funke media group newspapers. According to information from dpa, Chancellor Angela Merkel (CDU) intervened and called for caution after India was classified as a high risk area on Friday, but not a virus variant area.

The rules for virus variant areas are much stricter: participants must be in quarantine for 14 days with no option to shorten the time. In addition, airlines are not allowed to transport certain groups of people from these regions. This usually means that only a few flights are offered.

The number of infections in India is increasing dramatically. The Indian variant B.1.617 is under observation by the World Health Organization (WHO).

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