World Covid in Germany: Interior Minister considers severe restriction of air traffic
Biden’s new national plan to fight Covid-19, explained
Biden’s first- and second-day executive actions take aim at the coronavirus.Behind the executive actions is Biden’s “National Strategy for the Covid-19 Response and Pandemic Preparedness,” announced Thursday. The plan aims to restore public trust, scale up vaccination, expand testing and masking, reopen schools and businesses safely, and more — all with an eye on equity in terms of race, ethnicity, and urban-rural divides.
The spread of more virulent coronavirus mutants worries many countries which are considering ways to protect their fellow citizens against this danger. One of the solutions consists in preventing the arrival of these mutants as much as possible by reducing movements. This is a track that Germany is thinking about. The Minister of the Interior is considering a severe restriction of air traffic.
With our correspondent in Berlin, Pascal Thibault
"The threat posed by the many variants of the virus demands that we examine drastic measures and that a discussion be initiated on their implementation". In an interview, the Minister of the Interior Horst Seehofer spoke about various options: reinforced border controls with the areas particularly affected but also, if necessary, the almost total reduction of air traffic.
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Clashes broke out in the Netherlands on Sunday as anti-curfew demonstrators protested against coronavirus restrictions, while France imposed new border controls with numerous countries under pressure to slow the spread of new variants. France introduced a requirement for incoming travellers from EU neighbours to show a recent negative coronavirus test and Israel announced it would "close" its skies to almost all aircraft. In the US, JohnsFrance introduced a requirement for incoming travellers from EU neighbours to show a recent negative coronavirus test and Israel announced it would "close" its skies to almost all aircraft.
According to the German press, Angela Merkel asked her Home Secretary last weekend to work on different scenarios. The Chancellor is said to have criticized the fact that several tens of thousands of Germans left on trips abroad during the holidays. The federal police have observed in recent days numerous breaches of the new, stricter rules for people arriving by plane from risk areas. Alarming information for the German authorities.
In front of conservative parliamentarians, Angela Merkel said she was not in favor of a total travel ban, but she pleaded for a suspension of tourist trips.
The Pandemic Is in Tenuous Retreat .
New COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations, and deaths all dropped this week.The good news in COVID-19 data continued this week, as new cases, hospitalizations, and deaths all dropped. For the seven-day period running January 28 to February 3, weekly new cases were down more than 16 percent over the previous week, and dropped below 1 million for the first time since the week of November 5. This is still an astonishing number of new cases a week, but far better than the nearly 1.8 million cases reported the week of January 14. Tests also declined nationally, but by less than 3 percent, nowhere near enough to explain the steep drop in cases.