There are increasing calls for stricter corona control on German tourists returning to their home country. The more contagious delta mutations are spreading rapidly in Germany itself, which is why more and more Federal Chancellors insist on tightening the detection rules and isolation rules for people returning to Germany from abroad. German wave.
The Robert Koch Institute reports that the proportion of covida-19 cases caused by the more contagious variant of the coronavirus delta has more than doubled in a week and may be more common than other variants.
“Genome sequencing showed that the delta variants originally found in India accounted for 36% of infections during the week of June 14-20,” the director of the institute, Robert Koch Lothar Wieler, told Funke Media Group.
“The current random sampling control by the Federal Police is not enough,” Berlin Mayor Michael Muller (SPD) told ZDF TV. His colleague Peter Tschentscher (SPD) from Hamburg criticized the fact that, under current rules, a one-time rapid antigen test is sufficient to prevent returnees from risk areas from being isolated:
“It’s not safe,” Tschentscher told Le Monde. He added that all returnees from high-risk and high-risk areas who have not been vaccinated must automatically self-quarantine-this may be interrupted by a negative PCR test after being quarantined for at least five days.
The mayor of Berlin has a similar idea: “You can control yourself when you enter Germany. Who has the appropriate negative test? Then control again after a period of isolation to check whether someone is really negative,” explained the ZDF’s Social Democratic Party politician. . “It’s good that people can go on vacation. But we don’t want to be in danger again in Germany.”
Earlier, the Bavarian Health Minister Klaus Holecek (CSU) requested centralized monitoring of tourists at the border to see if they have test results or vaccination certificates. This idea was also supported by the Prime Minister of Lower Saxony, Stephan Weil: “I clearly support the requirement of border control, that is, whether anyone has given a new negative test to the crown. There are some shortcomings so far,” the Social Democratic Party politician told Today version. List Le Monde.
Weil also requires double testing for all returnees who have not yet been fully vaccinated (before entering Germany or during isolation, such as ed.). “Even in countries with relatively low incidence, there is a risk of contact with other tourists who have been infected with the more contagious delta virus,” Will said.
Manuela Schwesig (SPD), the head of the government of the Mecklenburg-Pomeranian Federal State, previously warned: “International travel must not cause more people to re-infect and bring the virus home.”
The Federal Government of Berlin regularly analyzes the current coronavirus situation abroad, distinguishing areas with virus mutations, high-incidence areas with a 7-day incidence rate greater than 200, and high-incidence areas with an incidence rate greater than 50.
According to current regulations, people returning from one of these countries must be tested before returning to Germany-and all others are not required to have a negative test. Due to the decline in the number of new infections, many tourist destinations have recently been removed from the high-risk list, that is, high-risk areas. Currently, all returnees from these countries (for example, traveling by car) hardly need to pay attention to any restrictions when returning to Germany. However, for all those returning by air, they are generally obliged to conduct tests before re-entering German territory.
All passengers on the plane, regardless of whether they return from the danger zone or not, must undergo a negative test or confirmation that they are fully vaccinated before boarding, or they have overcome covid-19.