Germany Declares Vienna a High-Risk Area for Covid-19 Infections


The German government on Wednesday declared Vienna a high-risk area to contract Covid-19, in a move that may require people arriving from the Austrian capital to quarantine.

The Vienna area poses a “heightened” risk of infection with the disease, according to a list compiled jointly by various government agencies and published by the government-run Robert-Koch-Institut. Other regions on the list include Hauts-de-France in France, Budapest in Hungary and Noord-Holland in the Netherlands.

The daily infections with Covid-19 have been rising in Europe over the past several weeks as the region re-emerges as a hotspot for the disease. The upturn has alarmed policy makers just as students return to school and offices try to bring back employees who have been working from home.

The German government declares a region or state as high risk if it exceeds the rate of 50 new infections per 100,000 people for seven consecutive days. People who have been to any of those areas may face the requirement to quarantine.

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