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The Czech Republic closes borders almost completely, as does France

The Czech Republic wants to stop all non-essential entries from midnight.

The Czech Republic almost completely closes its borders to foreigners from midnight. From Saturday onwards, only those who work or study in the Czech Republic or who are traveling “for indispensable reasons” are allowed to enter. These would be trips to the family, health facilities, social institutions, weddings or funerals. The Czech Republic reacted in this way to the consistently high number of corona infections.

The government took the decision on Thursday evening, but it was not announced until Friday evening. In the Czech Republic, there is still a night curfew. Restaurants, sports and cultural facilities and most schools have been closed for weeks. The daily number of new infections is around 8,000 on working days in the 10.7 million neighboring country.

France: “Another chance”

France is closing its borders to countries outside the European Union. Entry into and exit from countries outside the international community will be banned from Sunday, Prime Minister Jean Castex said on Friday evening after the meeting of a sanitary defense council in Paris. Exceptions should only be made if there is good reason. A new lockdown had been brought into play again and again in the past few days. Castex commented: “We can give ourselves one more chance to prevent him.”

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Prime Minister Jean Castex

The premier also announced that shopping centers with at least 20,000 square meters of space should close from Sunday – excluding shops for groceries. In addition, mobile working should be increased. On Monday they want to talk to the social partners about the exact modalities. Castex also said that the police and gendarmerie would watch over compliance with the corona rules.

Austria is sharpening up, Germany too

Due to the spread of various mutants of the coronavirus, entry regulations will also be tightened in Austria next week. On Thursday, the draft of a new regulation was presented to the countries and social partners for assessment, and it should be finalized next week, like that APA learned on Friday from the Ministry of Health. The draft provides for mandatory tests upon entry – also for commuters.

Cross-border commuters would also have to present a medical certificate or a test certificate that is not older than 72 hours upon entry – or, if these are not available, start a ten-day quarantine. If the test is made up and the test result is negative, the quarantine is considered ended, according to the draft. The Ministry of Health wanted to get involved APA-Do not respond to the request, as the draft is currently being revised, said a spokeswoman.

For more than 20 countries with particularly high numbers of corona infections, stricter rules have been in effect when entering Germany since midnight on Sunday. These high-risk areas include the neighboring country of the Czech Republic, the holiday countries Portugal, Spain and Egypt, and the USA. Anyone wishing to enter from there must be able to show a negative corona test (PCR test or laboratory or rapid tests of comparable quality) at the border.

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