March 30, 2021 – 17:19
The Italian government will impose a mandatory five-day quarantine for European Union travelers, due to fears of the third wave of the coronavirus.
So far, only travelers outside the EU have had to isolate themselves.
The decision comes on the day when new rules came into force in Germany, requiring all passengers entering the country to have a negative coronavirus test.
Germany remains under partial isolation, but cases of coronavirus continue to rise.
German Interior Minister Horst Seehofer said on Tuesday that his country would increase controls at its land borders to ensure compliance with the new rules.
Germany made the decision on passenger restrictions last Friday, when the country’s Institute of Public Health warned that the number of daily cases of coronavirus could rise to 100,000 if the third wave continues.
According to Johns Hopkins University figures, Germany has registered over 2.7 million cases of coronavirus and over 76,000 victims.
Italy is hit even harder: with over 3.5 million cases and over 108 thousand victims.
Worldwide, the coronavirus has affected over 127 million people.
Of these, over 2.7 million have died and over 72 million have recovered. / rel