Delta and Other Baggage New COVID-19 Rules for Travelers in Germany Arrive Late and Fall Short

The aggressive Delta variant of the coronavirus is driving up infections in Germany, with vaccinated people also at risk of being infected. Stricter rules are now being put in place for people returning from travel abroad, but they will be difficult to enforce. Is this the start of the fourth wave?
Revelers in Mallorca: "The elbow room for us to still effectively counteract current developments is narrowing.”

Revelers in Mallorca: "The elbow room for us to still effectively counteract current developments is narrowing.”

Foto: Clara Margais / dpa
DER SPIEGEL 31/2021
SPIEGEL International
Passengers at the Berlin airport: The authorities in Germany want to create the impression that they have a close eye on returning travelers and their adherence to the coronavirus rules.

Passengers at the Berlin airport: The authorities in Germany want to create the impression that they have a close eye on returning travelers and their adherence to the coronavirus rules.

Foto: Stefanie Loos / AFP
Public health departments may be overburdened in the near term, even with incidences much lower than those in the second and third waves.
"We have no choice but to rely on the personal responsibility of those returning from their travels."
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