Germany to Intensify Border Checks in Effort to Contain Virus

Patrick Donahue and Naomi Kresge

(Bloomberg) -- Germany announced a slew of measures aimed at preventing the spread of the coronavirus by people coming into the country from affected areas.

A German government task force dealing with the crisis announced late on Friday plans to intensify health checks for cross-border travel into the country, and said travelers arriving from South Korea, Japan, Italy and Iran must declare their health status upon arrival. Passengers from China are already required to do so.

Train passengers entering Germany must also fill out forms declaring their health status, while rail operators will be required to reported symptomatic travelers to German authorities.

The task force also said large events such as next week’s ITB tourism trade fair in Berlin should be canceled. The ITB previously announced that it had scrapped the event, which would have brought 160,000 visitors to Berlin.

To contact the reporters on this story: Patrick Donahue in Berlin at pdonahue1@bloomberg.net;Naomi Kresge in Berlin at nkresge@bloomberg.net

To contact the editors responsible for this story: Ben Sills at bsills@bloomberg.net, Chad Thomas

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