January 23rd – Berlin and Brussels reported that the German federal government listed more than 20 countries and regions in the newly divided high-risk areas for the COVID-19 pandemic on the 22nd, and will strengthen nucleic acid testing and isolation of immigrants in high-risk areas from the 24th.
In order to prevent the spread of Variant COVID-19, Belgium announced on the 22nd that it would ban all “non-essential” cross-border travel from January 27 to March 1.
The German disease control agency Robert Koch Institute published a list of high-risk areas on its official website on the 22nd, including the Czech Republic, Spain, Portugal, Egypt, the United States and Israel.
Previously, Germany had only divided two types of COVID-19 risk zones, namely, ordinary risk zones and virus Variant’s zones. This is the first time that the German federal government has added the category of high-risk areas.
According to the new division, more than 50 new infections per 100,000 residents per week are ordinary risk areas.
More than 100 countries and regions around the world, including most of Europe, are included in this risk area, and more than 200 new infections per 100,000 residents per week are high-risk areas. The area where highly infectious Variant COVID-19 is the virus variant area.
According to the requirements, from the 24th, passengers entering Germany from high-risk areas, like those from virus variant areas, must undergo nucleic acid testing within 48 hours before entry and in most cases must complete 10 days of home quarantine, but German states have the right to relax the home quarantine requirements at their own discretion.
Belgian Prime Minister De Cro announced on the 22nd that from January 27 to March 1, Belgium will ban all “non-essential” cross-border travel, except for entry and exit for work, family reunification and medical needs.
DeCraux said that although the pandemic in Belgium is generally stabilizing, the spread of the Variant novel coronavirus is worrying, so it is necessary to strengthen prevention and control to prevent the emergence of a third wave of the pandemic.
DeCro also announced that from January 25, people entering the United Kingdom, South Africa and South America will be quarantined for 10 days, and will be tested for nucleic acid on the day of entry and the seventh day of entry.
According to the pandemic data released by the National Institute of Public Health of Belgium on the 22nd, there have been 2,571 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Belgium in the past 24 hours, with a total of 668,827 confirmed cases and a total of 20,620 deaths.