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Strict travel rules due to Delta: Portugal and Russia are now different regions for the virus

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Portugal and Russia are now changing regions of the virus

Travelers from Portugal and Russia must remain in quarantine for 14 days from Tuesday without being able to test themselves. The RKI classifies the two countries as variable regions of viruses. There are facilities for flights to Denmark, Luxembourg and the Netherlands.

Because of the widespread use of the delta variant of the coronavirus, the federal government is imposing significant restrictions on entry from Portugal and Russia. The Robert Koch Institute announced that the two countries will be classified as variable regions for the virus on Tuesday, which will lead to far-reaching bans on transportation and strict quarantine rules for travelers. At the same time, Germany’s last three neighboring countries, the Netherlands, Denmark and Luxembourg, will be removed from the list of danger zones on Sunday. No one entering from there by land will have to observe any restrictions in the future. Only airline passengers still have to show a negative test.

Shortly before the new ratings, Chancellor Angela Merkel warned of a fourth wave of Corona in Germany as well. At the EU summit in Brussels, she called for a common approach by the EU on travel restrictions. Germany has so far classified 14 countries as different regions for the virus, including Great Britain, a country in Europe. Portugal and Russia are now ranked 15th and 16th.

Classification as a changing virus region results in widespread transmission bans for airlines, bus and train companies. You are only allowed to bring German citizens and foreigners residing in Germany across the border. For those who are allowed in, there is a strict adherence to a 14-day quarantine, which cannot be shortened by testing and also applies to those who have been vaccinated and fully recovered.

Injury in Portugal is increasing

With Portugal, for the first time in weeks, an EU country was classified in the highest risk category. The decision must also be made by many German tourists who are already vacationing in Portugal or planning a trip there. The especially popular coastal area of ​​the Algarve is not currently classified in the lowest risk category. With 1,604 new cases of corona within 24 hours, the highest value since February, recorded in Portugal today, Friday, according to the Ministry of Health.

And the newspaper “Publico” reported that the number of new infections per 100,000 residents in 14 days (14 days) rose to 137.5. The previous day was 128.6. According to the European Union authority ECDC, this is the highest value recorded among all 30 countries. For comparison: the value in Germany is 25. The planned easing of Corona restrictions for Monday has been suspended in large parts of the country. In Lisbon, the delta variant already accounts for more than 70 percent of all cases.

In Russia, too, the situation with Corona has worsened significantly in the past few weeks. Moscow, the largest city in Europe, is particularly affected, with an estimated population of 12 million. On Friday, authorities there reported 7,900 new cases within 24 hours. So there were 20,300 new infections nationwide. 601 people died from the virus within a day – more than at the end of last year. Therefore, in many regions, new restrictions are being implemented in order to control the situation.

Only individual EU regions remain risk areas

According to Mayor Serge Sobyanin, nearly 90 percent of infections in the capital, Moscow, were due to the delta type a week ago. There is no official information about all of Russia. However, some scholars assume that the value must be similarly high. In 18 out of 85 regions, the authorities have made vaccination mandatory for employees of many companies. For many other European countries, travel restrictions will be further relaxed.

In addition to the neighboring countries of the Netherlands, Denmark and Luxembourg, Latvia and Slovenia as well as individual regions of Sweden and Croatia are no longer risk areas from Sunday. Aside from Portugal, no country in the European Union will be fully classified in the risk category. Other than that, only individual areas of Ireland, Croatia, Sweden and Spain are on the list of risk areas. There are also individual Overseas Territories in France. The autonomous Caribbean islands of Aruba and Sint Maarten, which belong to the Kingdom of the Netherlands, are also classified in this category.

The federal government declares countries and regions with a seven-day infection rate to exceed 50 as hazardous areas. From Sunday, this will also include Rwanda in Central Africa and the southern seaside nation of Fiji. As of Sunday, there are still about 80 countries around the world that fall into this category. Outside of Europe, there are also 24 high-infection areas with an incidence value of over 200. For these countries, a ten-day quarantine requirement applies when entering the country, but this can be shortened after five days with a negative test. It does not apply to those who have recovered or who have been fully vaccinated.

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The Ministry of Health wants to cancel free rapid tests

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With the increase in vaccinations, the cost of rapid tests for corona can soon be affordable. Now the Ministry of Health has proposed a date. But there must be exceptions.

The Federal Ministry of Health proposes to end free rapid coronavirus checks for all citizens by mid-October. Since the direct vaccination offer can now be made to all citizens, the permanent cost to the taxpayer has not been determined, according to the ministry’s report on the additional measure in the fall and winter, which was sent to the states and the Bundestag. It is available to dpa.

So it is proposed that the federal government end offering free citizen testing to everyone in mid-October, around October 11 or 18. Only for people who cannot be vaccinated or for whom there are no general vaccination recommendations, such as women who are pregnant or under 18, should the free rapid tests continue.

“Fees don’t get charged all of a sudden overnight”

“Free citizen testing has made an important contribution to breaking the third wave and giving citizens more safety in their daily lives,” the report says. Chancellor Angela Merkel (CDU) and the Prime Minister as announced by the Federal Government.

Deputy spokeswoman Ulrike Demmer said rapid tests “suddenly should not become subject to fees overnight.” Since March, the federal government has been paying for at least one rapid test per week.

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Lukashenko smuggles refugees to the European Union: an “act of hybrid aggression” – Politics Abroad

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He uses people as weapons for his power politics. Belarusian dictator Alexander Lukashenko (66) flees the masses to Europe to take revenge on the European Union.

Since June this year, thousands of refugees have been illegally brought into the European Union across the Lithuanian border. Perhaps the reason is the EU sanctions after the Belarusian authorities hijacked a Ryanair plane at the end of May.

As of August 2, there were 3,832 migrants picked up by Lithuanian border guards in the middle of the jungle and housed in hastily set up refugee camps along the border with Belarus. 2,555 of them are Iraqis, indicating the astonishing technique used by the torture dictator.

Because of all places, there have been flights to Belarus since May 2021, which were previously suspended due to the Corona crisis and lack of demand. The BILD chronology shows how regular scheduled flights became smugglers’ flights.

in April “Iraqi Airways” announced, as before the crisis, to connect the two capitals of the two countries with a weekly flight and a medium-sized Boeing 737 aircraft.

Anfang Mai It was then said that they wanted to fly twice a week – with each Boeing 737-800 and thus about 180 seats per flight.

In June, Iraqis increased the number of flights to four flights per week due to high demand. Iraqi Airways is no longer using Boeing 737s, as originally planned, but rather large-capacity Boeing 777 (“Triple Seven”) and 747s (“Jumbojet”), with a capacity of approximately 400 passengers per flight.

AM 1. August Then the announcement that from now on there will be weekly flights from Sulaymaniyah and Erbil in the north of the country and Basra in the south, in addition to four weekly flights to Baghdad. This means that the airline will offer nearly 2,000 seats per week from Iraq to Belarus as of August!

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What the airline did not reveal – return flights from Eastern Europe to Iraq are as good as empty.

The former Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania asks for Germany’s help!

This was confirmed by Linas Linkevicius (60), Lithuania’s foreign minister until last year, to BILD.

He says: “This ‘refugee influx’ is not a natural process, but an act of hybrid aggression by Belarus. It is the regime’s reaction to EU sanctions and pressure. Lukashenko threatened to flood Europe with drugs and migrants. Most of the illegal immigrants currently come from Iraq.”

According to Linkevicius, the dictator in the neighboring country “ordered his border guards not to stop migrants, but rather to help organized groups to reach the borders.” According to the former Lithuanian foreign minister, the regime of dictator Lukashenko was already promoting an “easy” route to Europe in Iraq, where even flights would be organized.


Linas Linkevicius served as Lithuania’s Minister of Foreign Affairs on the Baltic Sea for eight yearsPhoto: Petras Maluku/AFP via Getty

And indeed: the connection between Erbil and Minsk established on August 1 is fully booked from August 2 to October 30 – this is all 2,300 seats available for this period! It is clear that someone is buying whole sets of road tickets … with dire consequences for the EU country Lithuania.

According to Linkevicius, the situation for small Lithuania is “both logistically and materially intolerable.” No one (!) who has arrived so far has received a positive asylum decision.

Instead, Lithuania is counting on the rapid repatriation of illegal immigrants and “steps are being taken to significantly enhance border protection with Belarus. However, traffic is increasing and capacity is decreasing.” This is why the small country is reaching its limits.

The former top Lithuanian diplomat (from 2012 to 2020) is demanding “logistical and diplomatic assistance” from Germany and the European Union. The 60-year-old said clearly: “We need technical measures for border control and we need additional temporary accommodation. Tents, beds, power generators, etc.”

But not only that: Linas Linkevicius calls for a difficult path against the dictator Alexander Lukashenko and “Iraqi Airways”, who play the game of Belarusian dictatorship with refugees with full eyesight. We need more pressure and additional sanctions against Belarus, sanctions against the organizers of all stages of smuggling, and we need to pressure airlines to stop their flights. You have to admit that a large portion of the departing “tourists” do not return.

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Turkey: The brutal murder of a journalism student shocked the country

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This killing stirs Turkey!

A man (48) raped and strangled journalism student Azra Gulindam Haitoglu (21 years old) in Antalya Province and buried her dismembered body in a forest.

Particularly cruel: According to identical media reports, the killer is said to have carved his name on the dead woman’s body with a razor blade.

Therefore, he is the civil engineer and real estate agent, Mustafa Murad Ayhan. He is said to have confessed to committing this atrocity. He and Haytoglu allegedly drank alcohol together, and then a “dispute” occurred, he told investigators.

A surveillance camera filmed him leaving his house with a suitcase several times on the evening of the murder. Inside: body parts. After his confession, he led the police into the woods where he buried them.


Mustafa Murad Ayhan, 48, made a confessionPhoto: https://twitter.com/DayanismaMor/status/1422159410420408329/photo/1

The student has been missing since last Wednesday. Around midnight, her sister called her – after which she could no longer be reached. Her body parts were not found until Monday.

After it became known, women’s rights groups called for a demonstration and criticized: “It is the patriarchal state and its anti-women policies and the judiciary that protects the perpetrators and does not conduct effective investigations.”

Background: Turkey withdrew from the so-called Istanbul Agreement in March. The agreement commits states to prohibit physical and psychological violence against women and also to take action against female genital mutilation, forced marriage, and forced sterilization.

In the specific case, women’s rights activists accuse investigators of locating the student’s cell phone too late.

According to the organization We Will Stop Femicide, 300 women were murdered by close men in Turkey last year alone, and the group has counted more than 140 acts since the beginning of the year.

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