According to France Bleu Lorraine, French and German elected officials will negotiate in the hope of finding a solution that will allow border workers in particular to travel to Germany.
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According to information from France Bleu Lorraine, Saturday February 27, Germany plans to classify the Moselle as a maximum risk zone from Monday evening at midnight. This corresponds to a classification of the department in level 3, that is to say among the areas most affected by the mutations of the coronavirus, just like the Czech Republic and the Austrian Tyrol.
Berlin’s decision to classify the Moselle as a maximum risk zone means that the only possibility for Mosellans to cross the border as of Tuesday will be to show a negative PCR test of less than 24 hours. However, the department has 16,000 people who go to work in the Saarland or Rhineland Palatinate every day, which means carrying out around 80,000 PCR tests per week. “It would be unmanageable”, advances the LREM deputy of Moselle-Est Christophe Arend to France Bleu Lorraine, which confirms the decision of Berlin.
According to France Bleu Lorraine, French and German elected officials will negotiate on Sunday and Monday to hope to find a solution that allows cross-border workers, but also Franco-German schoolchildren and high school students to go to Germany. Elected officials wish in particular to agree on both sides of the border on antigenic tests, which are faster and more flexible.
Prime Minister Jean Castex confirmed this Thursday: the Moselle has 60% South African variants, a figure that particularly worries Germany, to the point of calling into question the opening of borders.