Germany declares Vienna a risk area

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Berlin is reacting to the rising corona numbers in Vienna.

The official decision is to be announced in the afternoon. For Switzerland, Vienna is already on the quarantine list.

The German government is alarmed by the fact that the corona numbers in Vienna continue to rise. Vienna is therefore to be declared a risk area on Wednesday afternoon.

“Since September 5, there have been significantly more than 50 new infections per 100,000 inhabitants, so we are forced to take action,” the daily newspaper STANDARD wrote.

How to go on
The decision would be made by the Foreign Office, the Departments of the Interior and Health and the Robert Koch Institute in Berlin. First of all, it would be determined in which states or regions there were more than 50 newly infected persons per 100,000 inhabitants in the last seven days. In addition, a decision is then made as to whether there is still an increased risk of infection for states or regions that fall below the above-mentioned limit.

This afternoon, an official announcement will follow to determine the outcome of the decision. However, the classification does not come as a complete surprise; there were indications of this last week.

Travel warning
Such a travel warning concerns German citizens leaving Vienna or German citizens entering Vienna. The state does not forbid its citizens to travel, but warns them of an increased risk. This makes it possible, for example, to claim free cancellation of a package tour.

If persons from a risk area enter Germany, they must have a negative corona test, which is not older than 48 hours. Switzerland put Vienna on its quarantine list a few days ago.

Germany currently defines regions in France, Spain, Belgium, Croatia, Bulgaria, Romania, Czech Republic and Switzerland as risk areas.

Austria is becoming a corona risk country
At present Austria – or at least individual regions – is threatened by travel warnings from other countries. Switzerland has already issued a travel warning for Vienna and could extend it to Tyrol. Italy is also closely monitoring developments in Austria. Here, too, mandatory PCR tests could be issued for travelers from all over Austria, as Cyprus, Great Britain and Norway have already done.

Austrians who want to go to Belgium must already have a negative corona test.

  • Hector Pascua with reports from News Agencies. Picture: stockilyapp.com
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