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Germany to tighten restrictions on incoming travellers

January 13, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.

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Germany is introducing tighter rules for travelers returning to the country, due to the risk of new coronavirus mutations currently spreading in some parts of the world.

According to the German health ministry, starting January 14, anyone entering the country from an area of risk must be able to prove that they are not infected with the coronavirus no later than 48 hours after entering the country.

"The Butantan Institute and the Government of Sao Paulo report that the coronavirus vaccine achieved a 50. 38% overall efficacy rate in the clinical study conducted in Brazil, in addition to (an efficacy rate of) 78% for mild cases and 100% for moderate and severe cases of Covid-19.

On Tuesday, high-ranking members of the Brazilian Health Ministry told CNN affiliate CNN Brasil that "the effectiveness is borderline," and that because it was "at the limit," they would need to wait for the evaluation by the country's health regulatory agency ANVISA.

Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga declared a state of emergency in seven additional areas across the nation at the government Covid-19 task force meeting Wednesday.

Japan's Health Ministry reported 4,527 new Covid-19 cases from Tuesday and 51 new deaths.

Speaking to France Info radio on Wednesday morning, Delfraissy said, "the variant is going to spread and we cannot stop it, we can slow it down by taking a number of restrictive measures. ” 

The president of Armenia is in the hospital with a severe case of Covid-19, his assistant has told CNN.

UK Health Secretary Matt Hancock said Wednesday that authorities were considering putting Covid-19 patients in hotels as a “backup plan. ”

It comes as the National Health Service (NHS) is facing intense pressure from a high number of Covid-19 cases.

Last week, Germany's government announced an extension of the country's national lockdown until the end of the month and will further tighten restrictions on movement and contact in order to curb the spread of the virus.

The leader of a South Korean religious group has been found not guilty of violating the country's Infectious Disease Control and Prevention Law, a news release from Suwon district court said Wednesday.

The religious group's response: In a statement, Shincheonji said it welcomed the court finding the group leader not guilty of breaking the virus law, but expressed “deep regret” over the guilty ruling on the other charges.

Shincheonji said that it’ll appeal to get “a fair judgement from the court,” but added that the group will maintain its efforts to cooperate with [the authorities] for the end of Covid-19.

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