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World Covid-19. Berlin classifies the Moselle as a high risk zone

17:15  28 february  2021
17:15  28 february  2021 Source:   ouest-france.fr

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Une frontière avec l’Allemagne. Photo d’illustration. © AFP / BARBARA GINDL A border with Germany. Illustrative photo.

From March 2, people entering German territory will have to present a negative PCR or antigen test, but the border will not be closed.

Germany classified the Moselle as a high-risk zone on Sunday, one of the French departments most affected by the Covid-19 epidemic, and will therefore strengthen its controls in the border area.

The French department of Moselle will be considered from March 2 at 00 a.m. as the area affected by variants of the Covid-19 virus, the highest category in the risk scale in Germany for the coronavirus, indicated the Ministry of Health.

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Consequently, from this date people entering German territory will have to present a negative PCR or antigen test, he added.

The border will not be closed

On the other hand, Germany does not intend to introduce systematic customs controls at its border with the Moselle, unlike what it is doing with the Czech Republic and Tyrol Austrian.

The border will not be closed, a spokesperson for the Interior Ministry told AFP, in particular because the German regions bordering the Moselle, the Saar and Rhineland-Palatinate, have not requested it.

Controls must be random and within German territory, he said.

16,000 frontier workers

“The transition from a region to the variant zones category is a classification which normally implies, this is what Germany has done with regard to Austria or the Czech Republic, extremely strict measures to close the borders ”, declared the French Secretary of State for European Affairs Clément Beaune on French radio France Inter.

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We do not want this for the 16,000 border workers in Moselle, he said, adding that he is in talks with Berlin for "to try to mitigate these measures as much as possible".

He thus suggested tests which are not obligatory every day but every two or three days.

Tensions during the first wave

Germany has set up systematic checks at border crossings with the Czech Republic and the Austrian region of Tyrol due to fears of a new wave of Covid-19 contamination linked to British and South African variants of the virus.

At the border with the Moselle, we must set an example and return to a more streamlined system, argued Clément Beaune, arguing that “cooperative Franco-German spirit” for “avoid returning to this that we lived painfully at the start of the pandemic ”.

In the spring of 2020, during the first wave of the pandemic, the temporary closure by Germany of its border with France created tensions between the two countries and the populations at the local level.

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