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“See how the loosening affects infections”

Germany’s Interior Minister Horst Seehofer on a visit to the border with Austria.

At a Local inspection with Bavaria Prime minister Markus Söder and the Bavarian Minister of the Interior Joachim Herrmann at the Border inspection post between Freilassing and Salzburg the German interior minister showed up Horst Seehofer on Monday afternoon satisfied with the easing of controls that has been in effect since Saturday.

The falling number of new infections is a nice development, which makes it possible to relax various measures to protect the population from Covid-19. The border facilitation had been carried out in step with the neighboring countries. “Now let’s see how the easing in Austria and Germany on the actual Infection events impact, “said Seehofer. The corona-related are striven for border controls to leave entirely after June 15th. But that depends on the further development, one will “act situation and risk based”.

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Horst Seehofer

“Corona is still present and an overall challenge Europe“said himself Söder for a gradual approach to easing. Because the If the infection rates were stable, the easing now possible would be possible. He understood that the people in the border area were happy about the relief. At the same time, however, he also understood the concern of many people outside whether the easing was justifiable. “If the numbers remain stable until June 15th, it is justified to further reduce controls,” said Söder: But if the numbers increased, one would react accordingly. An emergency mechanism was needed. “As much freedom as possible, but as much security as necessary,” said Söder the Bavarian attitude to the point.

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Horst Seehofer, Markus Söder

The Bavarian Minister of the Interior Herrmann made it clear that the small border crossings, which were particularly important for the local population and agriculture, were all passable again. As of June 15, the corona-related conditions are expected border controls fall, the migration-related border controls would also apply after this deadline. “This is necessary to protect against illegal migration,” said Herrmann. Even if the numbers are currently very low. There were 100 asylum seekers in the past week Bavaria arrived, said the Bavarian Minister of the Interior.

“The border has to go” calls

Less satisfied with the situation on the Bavarian-Salzburg border, I showed a small group of locals who demonstrated with “The border must go” calls against the restriction of their freedom of movement. Seehofer asked for understanding, pointed out the dangerousness of Corona and promised the topic of possible relief during discussions with Austria to address again.

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