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Germany partially closes borders with Austria, France, Switzerland, Luxembourg and Denmark

Christian Fernsby |
The German government announced yesterday that it will reintroduce border checks with five neighbouring countries in an effort to curb the spread of coronavirus

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Interior Minister Horst Seehofer told a news conference in Berlin that border controls for Austria, France, Switzerland, Luxembourg and Denmark began 8 a.m. local time today.

Germany and all five neighboring countries are in the Schengen area, Europe’s border-free travel zone.

Seehofer underlined that while travelers without a valid reason would not be allowed to cross the border, the restrictions would not apply to cargo.

Germany’s recent decision came amid continued increase in the number of coronavirus cases in the country.

Coronavirus fatalities increased by five yesterday, bringing the death toll to 13, according to the recent statements of the health authorities in the federal states.

The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the country have risen to 5,813 on Sunday, up from 4,585 on Saturday.

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