France and Greece are introducing mandatory vaccinations for healthcare workers in a bid to tackle increasing coronavirus infection rates. On Monday Greek Prime Minister Mitsotakis ordered all staff in hospitals and retirement homes to book an appointment before mid-August, saying: “The country is not going to close down because of the attitude of some people.” In France, President Macron has announced a September deadline for a medical workers to be inoculated. And he said the option of a compulsory vaccination for every citizen is also on the table.
While many areas of Germany continue to roll back restrictions amid low case numbers, the incidence rate for the country rose for the fifth day in a row. Germany’s public health body, the Robert Koch Institute (RKI), reported 745 new domestic cases on Sunday and six more confirmed deaths. However, the incidence rate — the number of new infections per 100,000 inhabitants over a seven-day period — rose for a fifth day in a row, coming in at 6.2 compared to 5.8 on Saturday. While the figure remains low, the slight rise in cases comes amid concerns about the spread of the delta variant.
Travelers from Spain now face tougher restrictions when entering Germany after Berlin labeled it a COVID risk area. Starting Sunday, travelers will need to present a negative test or proof of vaccination or recover if they want to avoid quarantine.
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