Germany has partially closed its borders with the Czech Republic and the Austrian region of Tyrol due to a worrying increase in the number of cases caused by coronavirus mutations.
One thousand police officers were mobilized to carry out border checks, which is reminiscent of the strict measures taken in the first months of the pandemic by most European countries.
At Kiefersfelden in southern Bavaria, despite low temperatures (up to -15 degrees Celsius), writes The Guardian, police stop every vehicle coming from Austria.
According to the new rules, in force until February 17, only German and non-German residents are allowed to enter the country, and they must present a Covid-19 test with a negative result.
There are exceptions – in the case of key workers in sectors such as health and transport and in the case of humanitarian emergencies, the German Interior Ministry said.
Since the beginning of the pandemic, Germany has recorded more than 2.34 million cases of Covid-19 and 64,990 associated deaths, according to Johns Hopkins University.