German authorities have included all of Spain, except the Canary Islands, in the classification of Risk region where non-essential travel is discouraged due to the increase in covid-19 cases.
The German Ministries of Health and Foreign Affairs agreed on this classification, according to the criteria of the Robert Koch Institute (RKI), competent in the matter, which included the entire Spanish mainland territory, plus the Balearic Islands, in that list.
Until now, five Spanish autonomous communities were included in this classification –Catalonia, Aragon and Navarra, which were included at the end of July-, and Madrid and the Basque Country since last day 10. Spain is, with the Balearic Islands Leading the way, the preferred holiday destination for Germans abroad.
The Balearic Government has already asked “to recover safe corridors as soon as possible” to continue bringing German tourists. In a statement, the regional Executive recalls that the islands were pioneers in opening up to international tourism through a pilot plan agreed with the German authorities and tour operators and underlines their “commitment to health security.”
Since last Saturday it is mandatory to take a test -or present a negative one carried out in the last 48 hours- after entering Germany from the so-called risk areas – about 130 worldwide. Until the results are obtained, the traveler remains in home quarantine. If it is negative, it is also advisable to take a second test within four or five days to confirm the first result.
The tour operator TUI has announced this Friday that it will cancel travel packages to Spain as of Saturday, with the exception of the Canary Islands, hours after the German Government included the entire country, except for the aforementioned autonomous community, in its list of “risk areas” for the coronavirus.
130 countries as risk zones
The risk region rating is based on the RKI criteria, which takes as a reference for this rating the places where 50 new cases have been exceeded per 100,000 inhabitants in one week.
In this category there are about 130 countries, among which already included, within the territory of the European Union (EU), several regions of Belgium, Romania and Bulgaria, as well as Luxembourg. The rest of the risk regions are third countries, such as Turkey and part of the Balkans, as well as Russia, the United States and large areas of Africa, Asia and Oceania.
The RKI estimates that one in three new cases of COVID-19 is imported. Of these, the majority are citizens who spent their holidays or visited relatives in Kosovo (more than 1,000 cases in the last four weeks), followed by those from Turkey, Serbia and Bulgaria.
107 imported cases
Spain is not one of the main responsible for the rebound, according to RKI’s own data. It is estimated that that country only added 107 new cases. The RKI notified this Friday 1,449 new infections in the last 24 hours, the highest figure since May 1 and the sixth day in ten days with more than a thousand cases.
The accumulated total of infected by Sars-CoV2 in Germany stands at 221,413 cases, of which about 200,000 have overcome the disease. The death toll with or from COVID-19 stands at 9,225.
The daily reproduction rate or R-value is 0.91, which means that each patient infects less than one person on average. The average R value of the last seven days is however somewhat higher, 1.06, according to the RKI data.