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Germany to order mandatory coronavirus testing for unvaccinated travelers

Berlin, Jul 28 (EFE).- Germany will order mandatory coronavirus testing for all unvaccinated travelers entering the country, authorities said on Wednesday amid warnings of a potential fourth wave of the virus.

Ulrike Demmer, the deputy government spokesperson, said that there is a full agreement between all parties involved to issue that regulation although did not confirm when it could be implemented.

Bavarian State Premier Markus Soder told local media that the measure would enter into force as early as August 1 and will be applied on all unvaccinated travelers entering Germany regardless of the method of transport they use and where they are arriving from.

Horst Seehofer, Germany’s interior minister, said in a statement to Bild newspaper that those who have a proof of vaccination or recovery will be exempt from the mandatory test.

More than 50% of the German population have been fully vaccinated, while 61.1% have received at least the first dose, according to figures from the heath ministry.

Demmer also confirmed a meeting between German Chancellor Angela Merkel and regional leaders to address the pandemic situation will take place on August 10.

Germany has seen 2,768 new infections and 21 coronavirus-related deaths in the past 24 hours, according to official figures.

Since the start of the pandemic, 3.76 million cases have been registered in the European country, while deaths stand at 91,586.EFE

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