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25 Aug 2020 | 03:43 AM UTC

Germany: Authorities issue travel warnings for Paris and Cote d'Azur August 24 /update 39

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German government issues travel warnings for Paris and Cote d'Azur due to COVID-19 on August 24; follow government directives

TIMEFRAME expected from 8/25/2020, 12:00 AM until 9/25/2020, 11:59 PM (Europe/Berlin). COUNTRY/REGION Germany

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Event

German authorities have issued travel warnings for Paris and the Cote d'Azur region on Monday, August 24, due to a surge of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) cases confirmed there. The foreign ministry in Berlin announced that the warning against non-essential tourist trips to de Ile-de-France region, which comprises Paris, and to the Provence-Alpes-Cote-d'Azur, which also includes the southern cities of Nice and Marseille.

German authorities also added regions of Romania and Bulgaria to its list of risk areas on August 6 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The country's foreign ministry advised against travel to Romania's Arges, Buzau, Bihor, Neamt, Mehedinti, Ialomita and Timis regions, and Bulgaria's Blagoevgrad, Varna, and Dobritsch regions. Due to the new advisory, travelers arriving from these locations will undergo a mandatory COVID-19 test upon arrival in Germany and, if tested positive for the virus, will be ordered to quarantine for 14 days.

Starting August 8, all arrivals into Germany from areas deemed high-risk for COVID-19, or who have visited these areas in the past 14 days, will have to undergo a mandatory COVID-19 test upon entering the country. Those who can produce a negative test certificate less than two days old will be exempt from doing a test. Tests will take place at all major German airports and overland travelers will be required to go to a testing center if there is not one at their point of arrival. Tests have been encouraged for all travelers arriving in Germany since July, not just those from high-risk areas. Arrivals from high-risk areas are still required to quarantine for 14 days or until they receive a negative test result. Over 100 countries or regions of countries are included on the high-risk list, which is constantly updated with countries and regions being added upon rises in infection rates. The full list can be viewed here.

As of August 24, there have been 236,121 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Germany with 9276 associated fatalities. Further international spread of the virus is to be expected in the near term.

Context

The first case of COVID-19 was reported on December 31 and the source of the outbreak has been linked to a wet market in Wuhan (Hubei province, China). Since then, human-to-human transmission of the virus has been confirmed.

Cases of the virus have been confirmed in numerous countries and territories worldwide. On March 11, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared the global outbreak a pandemic. Virus-screening and quarantining measures are being implemented at airports worldwide, as well as extensive travel restrictions.

The most common symptoms of COVID-19 are fever, dry cough, and tiredness. Some patients may experience other symptoms such as body pains, nasal congestion, headache, conjunctivitis, sore throat, diarrhea, loss of taste or smell or a rash on skin or discoloration of fingers or toes. These symptoms (in most cases mild) appear gradually. Generally, most patients (around 80 percent) recover from the disease without being hospitalized.

Advice

Measures adopted by local authorities evolve quickly and are usually effective immediately. Depending on the evolution of the outbreak in other countries, authorities are likely to modify, at very short notice, the list of countries whose travelers are subject to border control measures or entry restrictions upon their arrival to the territory in question. It is advised to postpone nonessential travel due to the risk that travelers may be refused entry or be subject to quarantine upon their arrival or during their stay.

To reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission, travelers are advised to abide by the following measures:

Frequently clean hands by applying an alcohol-based hand rub or washing with soap and water.

When coughing and sneezing, cover mouth and nose with a flexed elbow or tissue; if used, throw the tissue away immediately and wash hands.

If experiencing a fever, cough, difficulty breathing, or any other symptoms suggestive of COVID-19 call emergency services before going to the doctor or hospital to prevent the potential spread of the disease.

 

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