Germany adds coronavirus-hit Croatian areas to quarantine list

Germany on Thursday added popular tourist destinations along Croatia's coast to its list of high-risk coronavirus areas as infection numbers rise again during the holiday season.

Germany adds coronavirus-hit Croatian areas to quarantine list
A coronavirus test centre at Munich airport. Photo: DPA

The designation for Croatia's Sibenik-Knin and Split-Dalmatia county announced by the Robert Koch Institute (RKI) for infectious diseases means travellers returning to Germany must take a free mandatory Covid-19 test and face a period of quarantine.

The RKI also updated its advice on other countries on its list which you can find here.

“Luxembourg and in Romania the counties of Ialomita, Mehedinti and Timis are no longer considered as risk areas,” the RKI added in its travel guidance.

Currently, most countries in the world are classed as risk areas by Germany, including the USA and Brazil. 

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Germany earlier on Thursday reported 1,707 new cases of the coronavirus in the past 24 hours, the highest daily toll since April.

The country has fared better than many European neighbours in suppressing the virus so far but like elsewhere, the number of cases has jumped significantly over the summer holidays.

Much of the rise has been blamed on returning holidaymakers as well as parties and family gatherings.

READ ALSO: When will Americans be allowed to travel to Germany again?

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Could sleeper trains offer Germans cheap, low-carbon travel across Europe?

Several political parties in Germany have said they want to bring back sleeper trains in order to meet carbon emissions targets.

Could sleeper trains offer Germans cheap, low-carbon travel across Europe?
A sleeper train in Austria. Photo: dpa/APA | Georg Hochmuth

The Green party have said that they want to put state subsidies into night trains that will connect Germany with cities as far flung as St Petersburg in the north and Lisbon in the south.

According to the environmentalist party’s plans, 40 night rail lines could connect 200 destinations across the continent including islands like Mallorca, which would be linked in by train and ferry.

The Greens want the EU to buy a fleet of sleeper trains that could travel at speeds of between 200 km/h and 250 km/h.

The CDU have also announced plans to rebuild the country’s sleeper train services.

Deutsche Bahn stopped its last sleeper service in 2016 citing the high costs involved in maintaining its fleet that was not recuperated through ticket sales.

Earlier this year the state owned company said it had “no plans” to purchase new sleeper wagons.