Germany on Sunday stopped most travel between regions in the east and south of the country and neighboring Czech Republic and Austria in a bid to stop COVID-19 mutations spreading. The measures are set to remain in place for at least 10 days. Germany on Thursday designated Austria’s Tyrol and border regions of the Czech Republic as “virus mutation areas.” The government took the decision after the South African B.1.351 coronavirus variant was found in Austria’s Tyrol region. The British B.1.1.7 variant was found circulating in the Czech Republic. There are concerns that variants are more contagious and that vaccines may not be as effective against them. Only a few groups of people are now allowed to travel between Austria and Germany How tight are the new restrictions? Around 1,000 police officers were mobilized on Sunday to ensure the new border controls. State-owned rail company Deutsche Bahn suspended services to and from the affected areas. Only a handful of exceptions are allowed to enter Germany from these countries. These include returning Germans and essential workers such as doctors. Trade links will also be maintained. Even those allowed to cross the restricted border “are likely to be turned away” if they can’t provide proof… Read full this story
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