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German provinces are calling on the federal government to tighten travel restrictions on the “Omicron”.

Reuters

Germany

The German provinces demanded that the government tighten restrictions on entry into the country and stop the reception of immigrants from the UK to control the “Omicron” mutant.

During a meeting on Saturday via video link, the health ministers of 16 German provinces called for the mandatory imposition of a BCR test of no more than 48 hours for travelers aged six and over.

The procedure is currently used for travelers 12 years of age and older, from travelers from countries severely affected by this new variant of the virus, so rapid antibiotic testing is no longer acceptable.

“We must delay the spread of this ‘worrying’ and ‘rapidly spreading’ mutation as much as possible,” said a statement from Bavarian Health Minister Klaus Holessek.

For his part, the new German Minister of Health, Karl Lauterbach, welcomed the appeal, and at the end of the meeting he attended, he said, “We can delay the time we are under the control of Omigron. It will be good.”

German health ministers have called for the UK to be “quickly” added to the list of areas most affected by mutations, as Berlin currently lists South Africa and seven other African countries.

Such a decision would almost certainly block the entry of travelers from the UK, with the exception of German nationals.

Many European countries, including France, have taken steps to restrict the entry of travelers from the United Kingdom.

Germany is experiencing a large-scale eruption of Covit-19, and Lauterbach has previously warned that the country must be prepared for the “big wave” of the eruption of the “Omigron” mutant.

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Source: AFP