COVID-19: Germany classifies UK a coronavirus risk area

Berlin: Germany on Friday classified Britain as a coronavirus risk area due to the emergence there of a highly infectious variant first detected in India.

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British Prime Minister Boris Johnson warned the spread of the B.1.617.2 variant first detected in India may impact the country’s full exit from restrictions.

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Accelerating vaccinations

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Germany’s Robert Koch Institute (RKI) for infectious diseases said: “The (risk area) classification is made despite a 7-day incidence of less than 50/100,000 inhabitants due to the at least limited occurrence of variant B.1.617.2 in the United Kingdom.” Britain is considering accelerating vaccinations in areas where the India variant has been found.

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It has delivered one of the world’s fastest inoculation campaigns, giving a first shot to almost 70% of adults and a second to 36%, helping to reduce infection rates and deaths.

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