Germany warns against travel to ski regions in Austria, Switzerland, Italy

Germany warns against travel to ski regions in Austria, Switzerland, Italy

BERLIN(Reuters) – Germany has actually released travel cautions for popular ski areas in Austria, Italy and Switzerland, scrambling to include the spread of the coronavirus as new infection numbers increased above 10,000 a day for the first time.Man, using a protective mask versus COVID-19, strolls over a bridge in Salzburg, Austria October 21, 2020. REUTERS/Leonhard Foeger

While infection rates in Germany are lower than in much of Europe, they have been accelerating, with a day-to-day increase of 11,287 cases bringing the overall to 392,049. Germany’s death toll stands at 9,905.

“The circumstance has actually ended up being extremely serious total,” Lothar Wieler, head of the Robert Koch Institute (RKI) for contagious illness, said.

“We still have a possibility to slow the spread of the pandemic,” he stated. However he said people need to stay with the rules and that Germany should prepare for an unchecked spread of the virus.On Wednesday,

German Health Minister Jens Spahn ended up being the current prominent politician to test positive for the virus. His representative said he had signs of a cold but no fever. Federal government sources said he was fit for work.Berlin issued brand-new

travel cautions for Switzerland, Ireland, Poland, the majority of Austria and some Italian areas including the popular snowboarding area of South Tyrol.Britain, other than the

Channel Islands, the Isle of Man and the abroad territories, is also viewed as a high threat area.Under the cautions, which take effect from Saturday, visitors returning to Germany must quarantine for 10 days. Quarantine can be lifted early, if a test taken after five days returns negative.The surge in Germany likewise triggered the Danish federal government to caution its residents versus travel to and from Germany, except for the border state of Schleswig Holstein.Germany’s relocation could substantially impact the Alpine nations ‘ski season. Especially Austria, which reported a record 2,435 new day-to-day infections on Thursday, is a popular destination for Germans.Switzerland Tourism’s representative Markus Berger said the news from Germany was undoubtedly not good. The market hoped that the scenario would enhance over the next a couple of months. “We assume that the winter can go on,”he said.However, there was positive news for Spain’s Canary Islands as the RKI eliminated it from its risk list, lifting hopes there for German tourists over Christmas and New Year.Additional reporting by Inti Landauro, Silke Koltrowitz and Andreas Rinke and Jacob Gronholt-Pedersen in Copenhagen; editing by Maria Sheahan and Angus MacSwan

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