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Germany to Curb Austrian, Czech Travel Over Mutation Risk

  • State leader wants entry controls from neighboring countries
  • ‘There will be no exceptions’ to pre-entry test, Soeder says
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Germany plans to impose border checks and restrictions on travel from Austria and the Czech Republic this weekend over concerns about aggressive mutations of the coronavirus, potentially disrupting cross-country commuters and commerce.

The German states of Bavaria and Saxony have asked the federal government to establish border controls with the two neighboring countries, Bavarian Premier Markus Soeder said on Thursday. Interior Minister Horst Seehofer was quoted as saying that the controls would come into force on Saturday night into Sunday and that Chancellor Angela Merkel and Vice Chancellor Olaf Scholz have given their blessing.