As of Sunday, unvaccinated travelers coming to Germany from abroad will need to provide a negative test to enter the country.
The new rules come amid concerns about curbing the spread of the delta variant and with officials worried about potential infection spikes from summer vacationers returning from abroad.
What are the new rules?
The testing requirement applies to all unvaccinated individuals aged 12 and older.
Vaccinated people and those who have recovered from the virus are exempt from the testing requirement — but must provide documentation showing that they are fully vaccinated or recovered.
Cross-border commuters and those traveling through the country in transit are also exempt from the testing mandate.
Rapid tests cannot be taken earlier than 48 hours prior to entering Germany. For PCR tests, the limit is 72 hours.
For those coming from areas designated as virus variant countries, rapid tests cannot be older than 24 hours.
Source: Germany′s stricter rules for unvaccinated travelers take effect | News | DW | 01.08.2021
Top Oklahoma Republicans on Friday denounced the state’s Republican Party for its Facebook post comparing COVID-19 vaccine mandates to the persecution of Jewish people during the Holocaust.
In a joint statement, Gov. Kevin Stitt, Lt. Gov. Matt Pinnell, U.S. Sens. Jim Inhofe and James Lankford, U.S. Rep. Markwayne Mullin, Senate Pro Tem Greg Treat, R-Oklahoma City, and House Speaker Charles McCall, R-Atoka, criticized the social media post that was still up as of Friday evening.
“It is irresponsible and wrong to compare an effective vaccine — developed by President Trump’s Operation Warp Speed — to the horrors of the Holocaust,” the Republicans said. “People should have the liberty to choose if they take the vaccine, but we should never compare the unvaccinated to the victims of the Holocaust.”
Source: Oklahoma Republicans blast GOP for COVID vaccine, Holocaust comparison
Louisiana hospitals are running out of ICU beds as COVID-19 cases surge in the state.
Our Lady of Lourdes and Oschner Lafayette General hospitals have run out of ICU beds. Our Lady of Lourdes has resorted to converting regular beds outside of the ICU to deal with the virus, KATC ABC 3 reported.
“Part of that reason and why it’s such a high percentage of our 70 patients is we’re seeing enhanced severity of this illness in these individuals who, many of whom, are otherwise completely healthy,” Dr. Henry Kaufman, interim chief medical officer at Our Lady of Lourdes, said at a press briefing.
There are three beds open out of 156 in Region 4 of the state, with more than 1,000 people hospitalized across Louisiana due to the virus, according to the outlet.
Source: Louisiana hospitals reach capacity as COVID-19 cases surge | TheHill
The state of Florida on Friday recorded its highest ever single-day increase in COVID-19 cases since the start of the pandemic, with 21,683 new infections, according to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Friday’s infection surge comes as the Sunshine State is emerging as the new epicenter for the virus. The new tally outpaces the state’s previous peak measured in early January, when daily new cases reached a total of 19,334.
Source: Florida reports record 21,000 cases in single day, highest since start of pandemic | TheHill