Germany returns UK to the Covid high-risk list due to Indian variant

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Britain will be back on Germany's list of countries deemed high-risk as of Sunday, despite the country’s low coronavirus infection rate, dpa reported. The decision was based on the “at least limited occurrence” of the virus variant first detected in India, the Robert Koch Institute (RKI) disease control body announced on Friday.

Travellers arriving in Germany from Britain will have to take a coronavirus test within 48 hours upon arrival and quarantine for 10 days, unless they can present a negative test result or have been vaccinated against Covid-19 or recovered from an infection.

The B.1.617.2 virus variant, which was first discovered in India, has lately caused surging infection numbers in the South Asian country. Germany has greatly restricted travel from India due to the outbreak.

Germany also added neighbouring Sri Lanka to its list of high-risk countries, while Nepal will be considered “an area of variant of concern,” a category for which the most extensive travel restrictions apply.

Meanwhile, Germany will take Spain off the list of high-risk areas on Sunday, even though a mandatory quarantine for travellers returning from the popular tourist destination was already lifted on Thursday.

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