Germany includes the Basque Country as a risk region due to Covid-19 and gives another blow to the Basque tourism sector

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Germany has included the autonomous communities of Madrid and the Basque Country in the list of regions at risk for coronavirus to which it advises not to travel if it is not for essential trips, a rating in which Catalonia, Aragon and Navarra were already found . The website of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs included this new warning in updating its information to travelers to Spain. According to Eustat data, the Basque Country received 1.3 million visitors from abroad in 2019 and these visitors made 2.4 million overnight stays.

Germany had already included Catalonia, Aragon and Navarra as risk regions at the end of July as a result of the evolution of the coronavirus pandemic. The increase in new infections and the restrictions imposed on local travel justify these measures, according to the German Foreign Department.

The communities of Madrid and the Basque Country have thus been included in the list of regions at risk for the coronavirus of the Robert Koch Institute (RKI) , competent in the matter in Germany. In this list, which contains some 130 regions from all over the world, Catalonia, Aragon and the Basque Country were already listed since the end of July, while in recent weeks Antwerp, in Belgium, part of Hungary and Romania, in addition to Luxembourg, as regards the territory of the European Union (EU). The rest are third countries, such as Turkey or part of the Balkans, as well as Russia and the United States, as well as large parts of Africa and Asia.

Since last Saturday, it is mandatory to undergo the COVID-19 test for all travelers entering Germany from those areas considered high risk.

The tests can be done before traveling to Germany -a maximum 48 hours before arriving there-, or already in the country , either in centers established in airports, train stations and bus terminals, or in medical offices in the period within 72 hours.

Until the results are obtained, the traveler remains in home quarantine. People who refuse to take the test can be fined up to 25,000 euros .

These measures were adopted in light of the continued upturn in new infections registered in recent weeks in Germany, both in infections generated in the country and “imported” cases back from vacations abroad.

Of the 300 or 350 new daily infections that were verified at the end of June, on the first fifteenth of July, 800 and 850 were increased to exceed a thousand per day at the beginning of this month.

In recent days, these figures have stabilized, reaching somewhat below a thousand daily. The number of active cases now stands at 10,000, according to RKI data.

Last week, Germany registered more than a thousand cases in three consecutive days -1,045, 1,147 and 1,122-, although on Sunday and Monday the figures reported had fallen by half -555 and 436-, which is attributed to the lag in the own report of the weekend.

The total number of fatalities since the beginning of the pandemic is 9,201 – four more in the last 24 hours compared to the previous day. The total count of infections verified by the RKI is 217,293, of which 198,100 are recorded as cured.

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The Minister of Health, Jens Spahn , said last week that a thousand new infections a day is a dimension that the health system can manage today. The least stable reproduction factor (R), based on a comparison of infections in a four-day interval from the previous four days, fell from 1.26 to 1.09, the RKI noted in its latest daily report.

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