Germany stepped up efforts Sunday, Jan. 24, to prevent the spread of coronavirus variants such as the mutation that originated in the United Kingdom by tightening border controls throughout the country.
The country’s federal police were ordered to conduct extensive checks on travelers arriving from high-risk areas, verifying that they carried a negative test and the necessary forms to enter the country.
In Germany, the number of new coronavirus infections has decreased in recent days, and occupancy of intensive care beds by COVID-19 patients has declined by 10-15%, according to authorities. The number of confirmed coronavirus cases increased by 12,257 to 2,134,936, data from the Robert Koch Institute (RKI) for Infectious Diseases showed Sunday. The reported death toll rose by 349 to 51,870.
by Xavier Cuesta – European Correspondent – EN