Hundreds of tourists turned away from German state due to COVID restrictions | News | DW
Hundreds of people visiting the German state of Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania over Easter weekend were told to leave by authorities after failing to present a valid reason for their stay, police said on Saturday.
The northern state, known for its Baltic Sea coastline, is a popular tourist destination, especially among day trippers.
A total of 343 people in 189 vehicles were evicted from the state on Good Friday, and 193 people were asked to leave on Saturday after officers checked 91 vehicles in Neubrandenburg, in the Mecklenburg Lake District, the report said. police.
âOverall, the people who were turned away behaved in a cooperative and friendly manner. A total of 790 vehicles were checked, âthey said.
The police further urged “all citizens to comply with the current coronavirus regulations in Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania and to refer in particular to existing hygiene restrictions and regulations”.
Tourism, even as a day trip, is not allowed in Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania under pandemic restrictions. Visits to immediate family members, such as parents and children, are permitted.
Unscheduled vaccination day
An unplanned vaccination campaign took place on Saturday in the Mecklenburg Lake District.
People over the age of 60 could receive vaccines at the vaccination centers in Neubrandenburg and Waren without an appointment. However, there was often a wait time of over an hour.
Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania has so far received around 312,000 doses of the vaccine, according to the Ministry of Health.
The state recorded 110 new infections on Saturday, 198 fewer than the day before, according to the National Bureau of Health and Social Affairs.
Four people died from the coronavirus on Saturday day, bringing the total number of deaths in the state to 875.
Nationwide, the number of confirmed coronavirus cases rose by 12,196 on Sunday, with a total of 2,885,386 infections, according to data from the Robert Koch Institute (RKI) for Infectious Diseases.
The reported death toll rose from 68 to 76,963, according to the count.
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