RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - From Saturday, Germany will close its borders to arrivals from five countries that are affected by COVID-19 variants, in order to "protect the German population", the German health ministry said, according to news reports.
Entry into its territory by land, sea, and air will be denied to people coming from the United Kingdom, Ireland, Brazil, Portugal, and South Africa.
The decision will be valid until at least February 17th, the government said.
The five countries are considered to be heavily affected by different variants of COVID-19, and the German government has been mulling taking . . .