Germany: Govt. considering mandatory COVID-19 tests for high-risk area travellers

German government spokesperson Ulrike Demmer announced assessments are being made about whether mandatory coronavirus testing can be introduced for returning travellers from areas deemed at risk, on Monday. Demmer said the government is currently looking into the possibility of enforcing the safety precautions as, ''a spread of the virus due to infected returnees from risk areas has to be limited as early as possible, that is why it is important to test.'' Spokesperson for the Foreign Ministry Christofer Burger added, «We are following the situation and the infections in all countries of the world. It is clear, when the situation calls for it, we will reinstate a travel warning for countries, where such a travel warning has been lifted, and also countries, that have not been deemed at risk, we will be evaluated together with the Interior and Health ministries.'' Burger expressed disappointment that the confirmed infection numbers worldwide «have not been decreasing» as they had hoped, but increasing since June. Bavaria's President, Markus Soeder, has said he wants the tests to be free of charge.

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