Germany will impose strict border controls and impose travel bans for the Czech Republic and Austria, it announced Thursday. The announcement came after the South African B.1.351 coronavirus variant was found to be prevalent in Austria’s Tyrol region and the British B.1.1.7 variant was found circulating in the Czech Republic. This prompted German authorities to declare the border regions virus mutation areas. German interior minister Horst Seehofer said that checkpoints would be established on the border, but that commercial travel would not be disrupted. Returning Germans and essential workers such as doctors will also be exempted. “That has been agreed with the German chancellor and the vice- chancellor.” Seehofer told German daily Süddeutsche Zeitung . Watch video 02:27 Share Can Austria contain the COVID variant outbreak? Send Facebook Twitter reddit EMail Facebook Messenger Web Whatsapp Web Telegram linkedin Permalink https://p.dw.com/p/3pG35 Can Austria contain virus variant from South Africa? Second Iscghl? Austria has ordered tough restrictions in the mountainous Tyrol region, asking people not to leave the area. Residents have to show a negative coronavirus test if they wish to leave. Anyone violating the law could be fined up to €1,450 ($1,750). But the state premier of Germany’s Bavaria, which borders Tyrol, complained that the region… Read full this story
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