Will international flights to Germany soon be suspended? The government is considering this option to cope with the continuation of the Covid-19 pandemic, Horst Seehofer, the German Interior Minister, announced on Tuesday. “The danger represented by the various mutations of the virus requires that we examine and discuss drastic measures within the government”, he affirmed daily picture.
Among them, “stricter border controls, in particular with areas considered to be at very high risk, but also the reduction of air traffic to Germany to almost nil, as Israel is currently doing”, he said. -he adds. “The population, which accepts significant restrictions in Germany” in the face of the pandemic, “expects us to protect them as best as possible from an explosion in the number of cases,” said Horst Seehofer.
The daily number of new infections in the country has tended to drop in recent days, below the 10,000 threshold, following new restriction measures planned until mid-February. But the death rate remains high, at around a thousand a day, and the authorities are especially worried about an upsurge to come due to the various mutations of the virus. According to some media, Chancellor Angela Merkel herself raised the possibility of a shutdown or a sharp reduction in international air traffic during a closed-door meeting with her MPs.