The Government of Germany is officially extending its global travel warning to over 160 countries as a result of the pandemic.
In a Cabinet meeting last week, authorities chose to maintain the travel restriction for all countries except for members of the European Union and countries within the Schengen Area, including Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, and Switzerland, as well as the United Kingdom, initially until August 31, 2020.
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“For the rest of the world, we do not have the same joint reliable data, criteria and consultation processes that we have with our European neighbours, and which makes it possible to resume unrestricted travel without taking any incalculable risks,” Federal Foreign Minister Heiko Maas said in a statement.
The country also launched its “Corona-Warn-App” yesterday, which allows users to receive information quickly and anonymously to let them know whether they are in the vicinity of an infected individual. The more people who use the app, the more efficiently transmission chains can be sought out and broken.
“The faster you get this information, the less risk that many people will become infected,” Germany’s coronavirus website explains. “That is why, in addition to hygiene measures such as washing hands, keeping a distance and everyday masks, the app is an effective way to contain the coronavirus. The federal government supports the app because it serves the protection and health of the community.”
As of Wednesday, June 17, Germany has 188,474 known cases of coronavirus, according to Johns Hopkins University, with 8,844 deaths.