7/23, 4:20 PM (Source: TeleTrader)
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Germany declares Netherlands, Spain high risk areas

German Robert Koch Institute (RKI) classified the Netherlands and the entire territory of Spain, including the Balearic islands as a "high incidence area" on Friday due to the outbreak of COVID-19.

The decision means those traveling from Spain to Germany would have to self-quarantine for ten days unless they have high levels of antibodies following vaccination or natural recovery from the infection. Despite the spike in cases, Spain's Health Minister said that in percentage terms, the country has the third-best vaccination roll-out in the world.

For Spain, the restrictions will affect mainly the touristic areas as 12% of the nation's GDP accounts for the travel industry. In normal times, areas such as Mallorca, Menorca, Ibiza, Formentera, and the Canary Islands have 35% of their economy dependent on visitor traffic.

Breaking the News / LH