Paris and French Riviera labelled coronavirus ‘risk zones’ by Germany

Tourists travelling from the greater Paris and Provence-Alpes-Côte-d'Azur regions to Germany must take a Covid-19 test and quarantine upon their return, the German foreign ministry stated on Monday.

Paris and French Riviera labelled coronavirus 'risk zones' by Germany
Travellers who return from the Paris or Provence regions must subject to a Covid-19 test and self-isolate for 14 days upon their return. Photo: AFP

The greater Paris region of Île-de-France and the southern Provence-Alpes-Côte-d'Azur region, which includes tourist hubs on the French Riviera, were added to the German foreign ministry's list of 'risk areas' late on Monday evening.

All travel to these areas should be avoided unless the journey is “indispensable,” according to the German foreign ministry.

Travellers who return from these areas must undergo a Covid-19 test and self-isolate for 14 days upon their return.

EXPLAINED: Which countries are quarantining travellers from France? 

The travel advice for any country on the German list of risk areas states that: “Before embarking on your journey, please check whether you have spent time in one of these areas in the last 14 days before entering Germany.

“Should this be the case, you must expect to be subject to mandatory testing and quarantine.”

France has seen a surge in the number of new coronavirus cases over the past weeks, with the daily tally reaching a new post-lockdown record several days in a row last week before peaking at nearly 5,000 new cases in 24 hours on Sunday. 

On Monday, the French public health agency confirmed 1,955 new cases, 15 new deaths, and 18 new clusters under investigation over the past 24 hours. 

MAP: Where in France are Covid-19 cases rising?

France has ramped up its national testing capacities over the past months, reaching a level of more than 635,000 tests per week according to the latest public data (up from 200,000 per week in June).

However health authorities say the rise in cases cannot solely be attributed to increased testing, as the positive testing rate (number of positive cases per 100,000) has risen to 3.6 percent.

On August 15th the UK enforced a mandatory 14-quarantine for all travellers from France, a decision that France has said it will respond to 'in the coming days'.

The rapid surge in the number of confirmed new coronavirus cases over the past weeks in France has seen the French government tighten health rules to curb the spread.

As of September 1st, masks will be compulsory both in the workplace and in schools for children aged above 11 and and teachers at all times.

READ ALSO: These are France's new rules on masks in workplaces


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VIDEO: See inside France’s ‘next generation’ TGV trains

France's national rail operator SNCF has released film footage of its new style TGV trains - complete with extra bar space and a games room - which are set to go into service in 2024

VIDEO: See inside France's 'next generation' TGV trains

Hailed the ‘TGV of the future’, French national rail line executives are calling the TGV M – the new train carriage to be debuted in 2024 – a “revolutionary flagship.”

In the video below, Info France 2 took a look at the futuristic new railway vehicle, which is set to be equipped with 20 percent more capacity, nine carriages instead of eight, and 32 percent less CO2 emissions.

The TGV M – which stands for TGV Mobilité – will sport a more aerodynamic appearance, also intended to help in ‘energy sobriety.’

Inside the train there will be more space, more seats, a bar on both floors and a ‘games room’ with a widescreen TV, which in the promo video appears to be showing a football game.

The TGV M will be launched toward the end of 2024 on the historic Paris-Lyon line (LGV Sud-Est).

SNCF’s CEO told BFMTV that he hopes to run the train outside of France as well. “It will start running to Italy on the Paris-Milan line, a line that has been incredibly successful, in 2026,” he said.

The French railway saw its busiest ever summer as many people took the decision to take the train, rather than the plane, on their holidays in order to help the planet.