Merkel panic: Germany's STRICT new lockdown measures amid coronavirus second wave

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Merkel panic: Germany's STRICT new lockdown measures amid coronavirus second wave

The introduction of new measures was prompted by a string of outbreaks across the country. the restrictions come as the state of Bavaria revealed i

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The introduction of new measures was prompted by a string of outbreaks across the country. the restrictions come as the state of Bavaria revealed its “free test offensive”, while Berlin started to issue fines to those refusing to wear face coverings.

Other states have introduced bans and quarantines for travellers who originate from heavily-affected areas.

People travelling from the town of Gütersloh in North Rhine Westphalia must quarantine for two weeks upon arrival at most states, or other wise present evidence of a negative Covid-19 test.

Gütersloh, as well as Rheda-Wiedenbrück and Warendorf, have all entered lockdowns due to severe waves of the virus at meat processing plants.

Accommodation companies in Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania, Baden-Württemberg, Bavaria and Lower Saxony have placed bans on people coming from highly-affected areas, even if they present evidence of a negative test.

In certain instances, travellers from high-risk areas have been asked to return home.

Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania’s Prime Minister Manuela Schwesig told German broadcaster ZDF that holiday-goes from Gütersloh had been asked to go back home.

Ms Schwesig said that while her state’s “safe tourism” rules were stringent, it has “been well received both by tourists and by locals”.

North Rhine Westphalia’s Prime Minister Armin Laschet said he supported the bans, even though they mainly applied to people from his state.

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“We can only defeat corona together, not [fighting] against each other.”

Bavaria, Germany’s second-largest state, has revealed plans to provide free Covid-19 tests for its 13 million citizens, whether they present symptoms or not.

The state has become one of the high-risk areas by the pandemic after it recorded various outbreaks in recent weeks.

State health minister Melanie Huml said on Sunday that “all citizens of Bavaria will therefore be promptly offered to be tested with or without symptoms by a resident contract doctor” as the state ramps up its testing capacity.

The government will pay for the testing unless the costs are covered by a health insurance plan.



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