Germany makes it difficult to travel from India
From Monday, India will be virus variant area, entry to Germany will be much more difficult. Meanwhile, the corona situation in the South Asian country is worsening. Chancellor Merkel offers help
The corona epidemic is rampant in India and the mutant B.1.617 is on the advance - Germany has therefore declared the South Asian country to be a virus variant area from this Monday. Then there will be an extensive entry ban for people who have previously stayed in India.
The chairman of the board of the World Medical Association, Frank Ulrich Montgomery, welcomed this. He said the man from Düsseldorf Rheinische Post (Monday) that "all measures to restrict contact with potentially infected people are justified".
Germany assures India of support
"This includes flight and entry bans, strict and monitored quarantine for all returnees from these risk areas but of course also offers of help to the governments of these countries".
Chancellor Angela Merkel (CDU) offered India help on Sunday. "The fight against the pandemic is our common fight," she said, according to the government spokesman. “Germany stands side by side in solidarity with India. We are preparing a support mission as soon as possible. "
The European Commissioner for Crisis Management, Janez Lenarčič, said that Brussels had already activated the civil protection mechanism at the request of India and would help with the supply of oxygen and medication.
Many EU countries restrict entry to India
Federal Minister of Health Jens Spahn (CDU) told the newspapers Funke media group: "In order not to endanger our vaccination campaign, travel to India must be significantly restricted."
There are exceptions to the entry ban, for example, for Germans and foreigners with a right of residence in the Federal Republic. However, they too must show a negative corona test before entering the country and go into quarantine after arrival.
Italy and other countries also restricted entry from India. The head of the conservative EPP group in the European Parliament, Manfred Weber, called for all flight connections to the EU to be discontinued. "Some Covid cases with the Indian mutant have already occurred in Germany and the EU.
This time the EU interior ministers must act faster and more consistently and immediately impose a temporary ban on flights from India and entry restrictions, ”said the CSU politician pictureNewspaper (Saturday).
India at its congestion limit
The Indian variant B.1.617 is under observation by the World Health Organization (WHO). So far, this variant has rarely occurred in Germany. As of Friday, it should have been proven nationwide in 25 cases.
India has been recording high levels of new corona infections for days. According to the Ministry of Health, 349,691 new cases were recorded within 24 hours on Sunday. This is also a global daily high.
2767 people died of or with Covid-19. This is the highest death toll ever in India. For the fourth day in a row, more than 300,000 new infections and over 2,000 deaths were registered. The number of unreported cases is likely to be significantly higher.
India has a good 1.3 billion inhabitants, so that there is a comparatively moderate seven-day incidence of around 132 cases per 100,000 inhabitants. However, the health system in the emerging market is completely overloaded.
There is a lack of beds, antiviral drugs and medical oxygen. Hospitals like Pentamed Hospital in New Delhi keep sending SOS messages about lack of oxygen. Prime Minister Narendra Modi said in a radio address that the government was doing everything possible to support states in the fight against Covid-19.
Even Pakistan is offering medical supplies to its arch rival. As a "gesture of solidarity" with the Indian people, ventilators, digital X-ray machines, protective clothing and other equipment are to be provided, the Pakistani Foreign Ministry announced on Saturday evening (local time).
The US wants to provide the country with drugs, rapid tests, ventilators, protective equipment, oxygen and raw materials for vaccine production "immediately", as the White House announced on Sunday.
The UK also announced on Sunday an aid delivery of hundreds of ventilators and oxygen concentrators to arrive in New Delhi later this week. "We stand side by side with India as friends and partners during an extremely worrying time in the fight against Covid-19," said British Prime Minister Boris Johnson.
Many Indians try to leave their homeland
Meanwhile, many Indians are still trying to leave the country. As reported by the Indian media, many people are on their way to the United Arab Emirates and the USA at the airports. But since the Emirates are canceling the flight connections from India and Pakistan until May 4th, the flight ticket prices skyrocketed.
On Sunday they were sometimes eleven times as high as normal. The neighboring country of Bangladesh announced on Sunday that its border with India would be closed with the exception of the movement of goods and the return of its own citizens.