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Germany issues travel warnings as Covid surges in Europe

Germany on Thursday issued travel warnings for popular ski regions in Austria, Italy and Switzerland aiming to contain

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Sentinel Digital DeskBy : Sentinel Digital Desk

  |  23 Oct 2020 7:42 AM GMT

Germany on Thursday issued travel warnings for popular ski regions in Austria, Italy and Switzerland aiming to contain the spread of the coronavirus after the country reported more than 10,000 new daily cases for the first time. The Robert Koch Institute (RKI) public health institute said Germany must prepare for an uncontrolled spread of the virus, channelnewsasia reported. "The situation has become very serious overall," LotharWieler, head of the RKI for infectious diseases told a news conference. "We still have a chance to slow the spread of the pandemic." However, that required people to stick to the rules, he said. A change in strategy was not planned. Under the warning, travellers returning from high risk regions to Germany must quarantine for 10 days. They are allowed to get a coronavirus test from the fifth day. If the test is negative, they can leave the quarantine. While Germany's infection rates are lower than in much of Europe, they have been accelerating and the number of confirmed cases last rose by 11,287 to 392,049. Germany's death toll stands at 9,905. (IANS)

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