Germany partially closes borders with the Czech Republic, Austria over Coronavirus variant

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Germany partially closed its borders with the Czech Republic and Austria’s Tyrol on Sunday, reinstating momentary entry bans and border controls over rising fears for the rising Coronavirus variant instances within the two areas.

Under the controversial measure, which sparked fears over EU international locations shutting once more their borders to one another, solely Germans and non-German residents are allowed to enter, offered they current a current damaging COVID-19 take a look at. 

Some exceptions are foreseen for staff from key sectors who have to cross the border, in addition to for pressing humanitarian causes, the German inside ministry stated.

The measure, that got here into impact on February 14, has prompted large issues within the transport of products, with tailbacks of vans created in instructions of German borders throughout the nation on the primary working day. 

Reacting to the move, the bloc’s well being chief, Stella Kyriakides instructed Germany’s Augsburger Allgemeine that “it’s wrong to return to a Europe with closed borders like we had in March 2020.”