Ireland RKI study on the spread of corona through vacation travel

14:35  25 february  2021
14:35  25 february  2021 Source:   travelbook.de

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Taking vacation during the pandemic - that was last year and is frowned upon to this day. It says in the room that one would contribute to the spread of the virus. A study by the RKI has now examined the extent to which vacation trips played a role in the past summer. The details.

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A study by the Robert Koch Institute (RKI) shows that travelers from vacation came home comparatively rarely with a corona infection. In the study, the influence of travel on the infection rate in summer 2020 was examined, with "travel-associated Covid-19 infections" related to school holidays, travel activities and test capacities. Specifically, it was about corona cases that were recorded in midsummer before autumn 2020, during the "summer holiday wave".

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The result of the RKI study: Highly frequent corona infections during this period, for example in North Rhine-Westphalia, could not be attributed to vacation trips. The triggers were mostly other events, such as the corona outbreak in a meat factory in Gütersloh.

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Holidaymakers with corona spread rather minor problem according to the RKI study

Another result: Classic holiday trips seem to be less of a problem. According to the RKI study, there were numerous proven corona infections among travelers returning. The travelers, however, often came from countries like Kosovo, Croatia or Turkey. In connection with these countries, the RKI speaks of "exposure countries (...) from which seasonal and contract workers come to Germany (e.g. Romania and Bulgaria) and the home countries of immigrants (e.g. Turkey and Kosovo)."

However, popular holiday countries also played, in particular Spain and France, according to the RKI, play a role. The number of infections among travelers returning from these countries is significantly lower, but both countries were classified as risk areas relatively late. Corona tests were therefore not mandatory for a long time.

Nevertheless, the travel industry sees the RKI's corona study as a positive sign for the coming holiday season. In response to the study, the President of the German Travel Association DRV, Norbert Fiebig, called for “the gradual development of a restart concept for tourism.”

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