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Germany classifies the whole of France as a “high risk” area

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                France is now considered a high risk area by Germany.  Travelers from France are now required to observe a quarantine period or submit a PCR test of less than 48 hours.

                                    <p>Germany classified the whole of France on Friday March 26, including the overseas territories, as an area at "high risk" of infection with Covid-19, announced the Robert Koch health institute.

This classification implies in particular for most travelers from France to observe a period of quarantine on arrival and to have a negative test of less than 48 hours, specifies the epidemiological watch institute on its website.

The border department of Moselle was so far the only French territory to be classified by neighboring Germany as a “high risk” area due to a high circulation of Covid-19 variants.

Angela Merkel announced Thursday evening that Germany was preparing to classify France as a “high risk” zone.

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“When looking at the incidence rates, it is quite simply a necessity (…) a practically automatic process,” the German Chancellor said at a press conference in Berlin.

The incidence rates, which measure the number of infections per 100,000 inhabitants over the last seven days, in many French departments exceed the threshold of 200. It stood on Friday in Germany at around 119 on a national average.

Preferential treatment

The question now is whether or not the German decision will lead to the implementation of strict border controls, as Germany has recently done with Poland and before that with the Czech Republic and the Austrian Tyrol.

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The Chancellor, however, suggested that France could benefit from preferential treatment, with only random and non-systematic checks.

The French Secretary of State for European Affairs, Clément Beaune, “is negotiating the easing of the terms (of such a decision) to avoid the border being closed,” said his entourage.

Concern on both sides of the border is growing nonetheless.

French and German deputies asked Thursday to “convene as quickly as possible (…) an extraordinary meeting of the Franco-German Committee for Cross-Border Cooperation” in the face of the tightening in view of “restrictive rules in cross-border living areas between France and Germany “.

With AFP


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