Germany has decided to reclassify Spain as a COVID-19 risk area from Sunday. The decision was taken after the seven-day incidence per 100,000 people in Spain rose to nearly 180, the Federal Foreign Office (AA) said.
The new travel warning will not affect travel to Spain immediately, the Xinhua News Agency quoted the AA as saying on Friday.
If Spain were to exceed an incidence rate of 200 however, it would be classified as a ‘high-incidence’ area and will then require German travellers to Spain, who are not fully vaccinated, to quarantine.
The AA has also designated Cyprus as a high-risk area after the country logged nearly 600 new infections per 100,000 population over the last seven days. Cyprus currently has the highest incidence rate in Europe.
As of now, Germany classifies Cyprus, Portugal, Russia and the UK as high-risk areas in Europe, as per the nation’s official travel regulations.
Germany itself has been seeing a recent rise in incidence rate, but remained relatively low at 5.5 on Friday.
Germany has officially reported 3,742,355 COVID-19 cases since the beginning of the outbreak. The death toll stands at 91,190, according to Robert Koch Institute (RKI), the federal agency for disease control and prevention.
Germany’s decision comes a day after UK decided to remove the mandatory quarantine requirement for residents returning from amber list countries which includes Spain.
Meanwhile, Spain has had to reintroduce restrictions after the country recorded 40% of European mainland’s infections over the last few weeks. The recent surge in cases is being attributed to the wide transmission of the Delta variant.
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Spanish health minister Carolina Darias recently said that most new cases are linked to end-of-term student parties. “One in every 100 cases in 20 to 24-year-olds is admitted to hospital,” Darias had said earlier this week at a news conference.