Published on : Tuesday, June 29, 2021
Germany is calling on the EU Member States to ban UK tourists from entering the European Union regardless of whether they have been vaccinated or not. The German Chancellor Angela Merkel said that the country should be classified as a “country of concern” due to the widespread of the Delta variant within UK territory.
The Chancellor wants the other EU Member States to follow the example of Germany and require all UK arrivals to stay self-isolated for 14 days, regardless of their vaccination status.
The Delta variant is anticipated to account for more than 90 per cent of all COVID-19 cases by the end of August. As such, the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) demanded from the EU public authorities to speed their vaccination rollout campaigns.
The director of ECDC, Andrea Ammon, advised that all persons who have not been fully vaccinated to continue practising social distancing rules as the Delta variant can also affect those who have received just one dose of the vaccine.
The Delta mutation, which is responsible for the UK’s slow reopening procedures, is expected to be almost 60 per cent more infectious than the original form of COVID-19 disease.
Until now, the UK has identified a total of 4,732,439 COVID-19 infection cases and 128,100 deaths.