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Germany May Soon Reintroduce Border Checks With SwitzerlandGermany has today started carrying internal Schengen Area border checks with over half of its neighbours, as an attempt to further reduce the risk of infection from the Coronavirus.

Federal police were today stationed at the internal borders with Austria, Switzerland, France, Luxembourg and Denmark, and started controls at 8:00 am, under a decision taken by the Federal Interior Minister Horst Seehofer.

The Ministry of Interior announced the move on Sunday, through a press conference, during which the Minister said that in coordination with the neighbouring countries and the federal states concerned, the Ministry has guided the border police to turn away all travellers without a valid travel reason to enter and exit at the named borders.

This also applies to travellers with symptoms of illness that could indicate a corona infection. In these cases, the necessary measures are initiated in coordination with the health authorities,” the Ministry, later on, announced through a press release.

It also pointed out that the decision would not affect the cross-border movement of goods.

Through the press conference, Minister Seehofer asked all citizens to travel if there isn’t a fundamental reason to do so.

The spread of the coronavirus is progressing quickly and aggressively…one of the most important measures will be to cut off the chain of infection,” he said while asking travellers to carry evidence that shows the need to cross the border.

He also announced he would send today a notification letter to the European Commission and the interior ministers of the EU countries, declaring that Germany would reintroduce temporary border controls based on Article 28 of the Schengen Border Code.

Currently, Germany has reintroduced borders with Austria, due to security reasons, which are set to expire in May.

At the beginning of March, a task force of the government had announced that all travellers coming from countries where the number of those touched by the disease is higher, would have to present proof on their health status upon arrival at the German port of entry.

As of March 16, as many as 6,248 cases have been detected in Germany, 13 of which have resulted in death, while two others remain in critical conditions.