Germany banned people from the United Kingdom from Tuesday because of concerns about the introduction of the novel Coronavirus mutant strain.
Germany has listed Britain as an “area of concern for the spread of the mutant novel coronavirus” and has banned people from entering the country from Britain to prevent the spread of the mutant novel coronavirus, according to an article on the website of the German embassy, according to United Press International.
“There have been renewed outbreaks, including more infectious variants of the novel coronavirus, such as the one first found in India,” it said.
Meanwhile, the German Embassy said it would not apply the ban to German citizens or other passengers passing through a German airport, but that those in transit must remain in the airport transit area.
German Airport (File photo)
The German ambassador said on Twitter that the German side had reviewed all available data and details and had taken this step as a last resort.
Since March 30, all passengers flying to Germany will be required to report a negative Coronet nucleic acid test 48 hours before departure, it has been reported.
From the 23rd, anyone arriving in Germany will also have to show a negative Coronet nucleic acid test when entering the country and will have to be quarantined for 14 days upon arrival.
The B.1.617 variant novel coronavirus is responsible for 80% of new coronavirus cases in India and 20% of confirmed cases in the UK, according to experts at Johns Hopkins University.
The WHO calls the mutated strain a “variant of concern” that may be more easily transmissible and resistant to vaccines.
The UK has now had more than 4.4 million cumulative confirmed cases of COVID-19 and has the highest number of deaths in Europe, with 127,978 cumulative deaths, according to Johns Hopkins University.