Germany Declares France A High-Risk Zone
Germany has declared France a high-risk zone due to the high number of corona infections.
Chancellor Angela Merkel had already announced the decision of the Robert Koch Institute (RKI), the German equivalent of the RIVM.
The step basically means that border controls are tightened, and people entering France and Germany must show a recent negative test and be quarantined.
More than 200 in 100,000 people have been infected with the virus in several French regions for a while. In the Paris region, there are even more than 600, which is why the French authorities restrict freedom of movement further there and intensify checks.
With such high numbers, it is simply a necessity, an almost automatic process, Merkel said on Thursday.
Until now, only the French border region of the Moselle was a high-risk area. Access from that region to Germany was severely restricted at the end of last month. There is an entry ban with some exceptions, such as truck drivers and people with certain essential professions.
The Czech Republic and Tyrol in Austria were previously granted that status.