February 15 in order to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 Variant strain, Germany began to control the land border with Austria and the Czech Republic on the 14th.
As of 15:00 that day, more than 2,200 people had been denied entry into Germany. The German Automobile Industry Federation warned that the supply obstruction caused by border control may cause automobile factories in many cities in the country to stop production from the 15th.
The number of new confirmed cases of COVID-19 and the new death toll announced by the German disease control agency on the same day were 6,114 and 218 respectively.
According to the real-time data of Time Online in Germany, as of 20:20 local time on the 14th, a total of 2,342,645 people had been diagnosed, 21118,887 had been cured and 65,606 deaths had been died in Germany. As of 13th, 1331,573 people in Germany had received a second dose of coronavirus vaccine.
In accordance with the recommendation of the German disease control agency, the German Federal Ministry of the Interior has been implementing control over the national border classified as a “coronavirus Variant virus area” from the 14th, allowing only a minority of people, such as German citizens and their family members, people with residence and residence rights in Germany, freight drivers and staff of international organizations to enter.
Deutsche Televisa quoted information provided by the German Federal Police as of 15:00 on the same day, more than 2,200 people had been refused entry into Germany on the border between Bavaria in southern Germany and the Czech Republic and Tyrol in Austria.
A spokesman for the German Federation of Automobile Industries, representing the interests of the German pillar industry, warned on the same day that because the German auto industry relies on parts from the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Romania, Hungary and northern Italy, if these parts are blocked during transportation, the German automobile industry production line will Into a standstill.
The spokesman said that the impact of border control may appear from noon on the 15th, when the first to be affected include the automobile factories in Ingolstadt, Regensburg, Dingolfen, Zwikaw and Leipzig.
The European Union has also criticized Germany’s border control measures.
“Worries about the variant strains of the coronavirus are understandable, but the virus will not stop spreading because of the closure of the border,” said Stera Kiriakidys, the European Commission’s Commissioner for Health and Food Safety, told Germany’s Augsburg Report.
“I think if the European Union returns to the March 2020 countries close their borders to each other’s borders. Situation, that would be a mistake.