High numbers of infections: Cyprus and Catalonia are becoming risk areas

Status: 02.07.2021 2:56 p.m.

Nowhere in the EU has the 14-day incidence been as high as in Cyprus. The federal government is therefore putting the island on the list of corona risk areas from Sunday – as well as the Spanish region of Catalonia.

With Cyprus and the Spanish region of Catalonia, the federal government put two more holiday areas on the list of corona risk areas on Sunday. In addition, three other regions in Spain and Norway are declared risk areas, as the Robert Koch Institute (RKI) announced.

This classification has hardly any consequences for holidaymakers, because air travelers have to be tested on arrival anyway and the quarantine obligation is no longer applicable. However, the classification as a risk area means that the Federal Foreign Office advises against traveling there.

Infection numbers in Europe are increasing again

Countries and regions in which the new infections per 100,000 inhabitants in seven days (seven-day incidence) are over 50 are classified as risk areas. It’s the lowest risk level. No additional countries or regions are classified in the two higher categories of high incidence and virus variant areas on Sunday. In Europe, only one region in Croatia has been removed from the risk list, as well as Qatar and the Caribbean islands of Guadeloupe and Aruba.

The new classifications reflect the turnaround in the number of infections in Europe. According to the World Health Organization, they rose by ten percent for the first time last week after a ten-week decline. According to data from the European health authority ECDC on Thursday, Cyprus topped the EU with the 14-day incidence per 100,000 population at 179.6 – even ahead of the virus variant area Portugal with 168.8. Spain, the most popular holiday destination for Germans, ranks third with 107.5. For comparison: Germany is 13.7.

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