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Seehofer and Merkel agree? Borders to two neighboring countries will be closed from Sunday

2021-02-11T15:43:09.586Z

The federal government will probably introduce stationary border controls at the borders of two countries from Sunday. Horst Seehofer has now confirmed this.



The federal government will probably introduce stationary border controls at the borders of two countries from Sunday.

Horst Seehofer has now confirmed this.

  • According to a media report, the federal government wants to introduce border controls at the borders with Austria and the Czech Republic.

  • Interior Minister Horst Seehofer confirmed this on Thursday.

  • Markus Söder also spoke in the afternoon of a mandatory test upon entry.

Berlin - The federal government wants to impose an entry ban from the Czech Republic and Tyrol.

Federal Interior Minister Horst Seehofer * confirmed this to the

Süddeutsche Zeitung

on Thursday

.

"The Free State of Bavaria and the Free State of Saxony today asked the federal government to classify Tyrol and the border areas of the Czech Republic as virus mutation areas * and to carry out stationary border controls," Seehofer told the newspaper. "We will probably decide that." so tuned.

The measures could correspond to the entry bans from the UK and are currently being voted on, according to the report.

Seehofer announced that “probably on Sunday night” the measures will come into force.

Are the borders closed from Sunday?

Tyrol and the Czech Republic show increased activity of the mutation

In Tyrol, as in the Czech Republic, increased activity of the coronavirus * mutations had been detected in the past few days.

In Austria, there are already stricter entry and exit rules for Tyroleans.

In the Czech Republic, the mutation is particularly widespread in the border areas with Saxony.

In the afternoon, the auto industry criticized the possible tightening of entry regulations.

"Our industry is dependent on the daily deliveries to the plants in Hungary, the Czech Republic, Slovakia and many other countries in Southern and Eastern Europe," said the President of the Association of the German Automotive Industry (VDA), Hildegard Müller on Thursday.

“If deliveries are interrupted, most of the plants here in Germany will be shut down for a short time.

Border control to Austria and Tyrol: Söder announces mandatory testing

As an alternative to border closings, the association proposed "to guarantee delivery traffic and containment of the virus mutant by checking test and registration requirements for all drivers".

Saxony had previously announced a significant restriction in commuter traffic in view of the drastic Corona numbers in the Czech border areas.

Should Tyrol and areas of the Czech Republic be declared a mutation area, the Bavarian Prime Minister Markus Söder also announced on Thursday afternoon that there would be stationary controls at the borders.

Entry to Bavaria would then only be possible without exception with a negative corona test *, which could then no longer be made up in Bavaria.

"This can significantly improve our security," said Söder.

Video: Söder is considering closing borders with Austria and the Czech Republic

Commuters from the Czech Republic have had to show a negative Corona * test result when entering Bavaria since the end of January, which is no longer than 48 hours old.

The Czech Republic announced that it would seal off three border districts from the outside world from Friday.

The districts of Cheb (Eger) and Sokolov (Falkenau) on the border with Bavaria and Trutnov (Trautenau) in the border triangle with Poland and Saxony are affected.

(fmü / dpa)

* Merkur.de is part of the Ippen digital network.

Source: merkur

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