Germany will close its borders with the Czech Republic and the Austrian Tyrol to stop the advance of more contagious corona mutations.
Border traffic for commuters that is still permitted will be monitored even more intensively, German media report. According to German Interior Minister Horst Seehofer, the measure is intended to take effect this weekend.
In the Czech Republic and Tyrol, more and more infections with corona variants are being detected. The Austrian government was already forced to separate Tyrol from the rest of the country. You can only leave with proof of a negative test.
The Czech government in Prague decided to lock some regions bordering Germany. The inhabitants are not allowed to leave their region. Hardly anyone is allowed in anymore.
Germany had already announced an entry ban for almost two weeks to stop more dangerous corona variants, but not yet for border areas.
Since the end of January, persons from Great Britain, Ireland, Portugal, Brazil and South Africa and the South African states of Lesotho and Eswatini (formerly Swaziland) are no longer welcome, except for persons living in Germany.