Germany to ban UK and Portuguese travelers amid fears of more contagious virus variants By Reuters

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BRUSSELS (Reuters) – Germany is preparing entry bans for travelers from Britain, Portugal, Brazil and South Africa to limit the spread of the most contagious variants of the coronavirus that plagues these countries, Interior Minister Horst Seehofer said on Thursday. “To protect our population, there should be no entry from regions where these virus variants are rampant,” he said on the sidelines of a virtual meeting with his EU counterparts. Belgium has already banned residents from taking vacations abroad until March to combat the spread of the most infectious virus, but other members of the European Union reject radical measures such as travel or entry bans. Seehofer promised that Germany would go ahead with its plans even if the EU as a whole did not agree to such measures. “We cannot hope to have a European solution that meets our expectations in the short term, so we are preparing national measures,” he said. The transportation of medical goods and supplies will not be affected by the restrictions that are being discussed in the government, according to Seehofer.

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