Great Britain will be deleted from the world

Great Britain classified as a virus variant area

Because of the spread of the Corona variant, which was first discovered in India, the UK is classified as a virus variant area by the federal government. This was announced by the Robert Koch Institute. This drastically restricts entry from the UK to Germany.

As of Sunday, airlines, bus and train companies will only be allowed to transport German citizens or people living in Germany to Germany. A two-week quarantine obligation applies to those entering the country, which cannot be shortened by negative tests. A spokesman for the Federal Ministry of Health said: “If we want to keep reducing the number of infections, we must prevent contagious virus variants from endangering this positive development. This move is tough for the UK, but it is necessary to prevent the rapid spread of the Indian variant in Germany. Only when more people have been vaccinated are we armed against such dangers. "

For France, Croatia and Slovenia, on the other hand, the general quarantine obligation of 5 to 10 days has been lifted due to the sharp decline in the number of infections. The three EU countries, as well as Oman, Mongolia and Andorra, are downgraded from high incidence areas to normal risk areas. Slovakia, Finland, Romania, San Marino and Jamaica as well as individual regions in Spain and Ireland have been completely removed from the list of risk areas.

The UK is the first country in Europe to revert to virus variant territory in a while. Only eleven countries in Asia, Africa and Latin America currently fall into this highest risk category.

The Indian virus variant B.1.617.2 is considered to be particularly contagious and has contributed significantly to the fact that the number of infections in India has exploded in recent months. In the UK, as of May 19, more than 3,400 cases of the variant have been confirmed. The main focus is on the cities of Blackburn and Bolton in Central England and a district in West London. However, there are also individual “clusters” in other areas, said the health authority Public Health England.

According to the Robert Koch Institute (RKI), there is not yet sufficient data on the Indian variant. RKI President Lothar Wieler said on Friday in Berlin that a significantly higher transferability and probably a slightly reduced vaccination protection are assumed. Health Minister Jens Spahn (CDU) expressed concern about Great Britain. It should be avoided that the variant spreads in Germany, he said even before it was classified as a virus variant area.

Great Britain has meanwhile been seen as a model of success when it comes to combating the corona pandemic. A hard lockdown and a high rate of vaccination had pushed the infection numbers so far that the federal government temporarily removed the country from the list of corona risk areas. In the past week, however, it was again classified in the lowest risk category because of the Indian virus variant. As of Sunday, the UK will return to the highest risk level.

So far, the UK government has been confident of getting the spread under control. The test capacities were significantly increased in the affected areas. In addition, everyone over the age of 18 can be vaccinated there, and mobile vaccination centers are in use. Nationwide, only people aged 34 and over are actually eligible to receive a dose.

A slight increase in corona patients in clinics was recently reported in Bolton and Blackburn. Health Minister Matt Hancock emphasized, however, that the majority had not yet been vaccinated against corona, although those affected were entitled. Government officials were convinced that the vaccinations also protected against the variant.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson was sharply criticized that the government only declared India a risk area after weeks and put it on a “red list” for travel. Those who return from such "red" countries have to check into a quarantine hotel for ten days immediately after arrival at their own expense. Johnson did not want to risk a visit to India planned for the end of April, but ultimately canceled, during which he wanted to talk about a free trade agreement. That is why the South Asian country was only put on the “red list” weeks after its neighboring states Bangladesh and Pakistan.

Media reported that despite the classification, several direct flights from India still land in the UK every day. Direct flights from other “red” countries such as Brazil or South Africa are prohibited. The government defended that the people entering the country were only British and Irish or people who were resident in Great Britain. In the case of direct entry, the monitoring of the hotel quarantine is safer.

However, the media pointed out that travelers from India waited for hours at the airport next to those arriving from other, safer countries at passport control.

In addition to Great Britain, the federal government is only upgrading three countries in Latin America and the Caribbean on the corona risk list: Suriname and Trinidad and Tobago are becoming high-incidence areas due to the increasing number of infections, and St. Lucia is declared a risk area.