In Brief: Germany lifts Finland travel warning after drop in COVID-19 infections

Travelers entering Germany from Finland will also no longer need to self-quarantine.

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By Soraya Sardhaddi Nelson and William Glucroft

The German Foreign Ministry has lifted its travel warning for Finland after a drop in its COVID-19 numbers to below 8 infections per 100,000 people over a period of 14 days.

The ministry adds travelers entering Germany from Finland will also no longer need to self-quarantine.

German officials say the infection rate in the Nordic country will be evaluated every two weeks.

Head here for more up-to-date information on travel restrictions linked to the coronavirus.

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A new study shows Europeans are increasingly apprehensive about getting a shot against COVID-19 if one is developed.

Researchers from four European universities found a six-point drop in those open to vaccination — from 74% in April to 68% in June.

Vaccine support in Germany dropped from 70% to 61%.

That willingness drops even more in Bavaria, where just over half of respondents said they would get the COVID-19 vaccine once one is available.

The survey, as reported in the German daily Süddeutsche Zeitung, included 7,000 people from seven European countries: Portugal, France, Italy, the Netherlands, the U.K., Denmark and Germany.

Vaccine safety and potential side effects were respondents’ top concerns.

Experts estimate a vaccine against COVID-19 would only be effective if at least 74% of the European population got it.

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Interim results of a study on blood donors suggests very few people in Germany have been exposed to the coronavirus so far.

Dr. Lothar Wieler, who heads Germany’s disease prevention authority told reporters yesterday that of the 12,000 donors in Germany who were tested, only 1.3% had antibodies to the virus.

The Robert Koch Institute chief said the results showed men were twice as likely as women to have antibodies to COVID-19. Contrary to what local health ministries were reporting, the study found people between the ages of 40 and 49 had the fewest antibodies as a group.

But he cautioned the results were not representative of German society as a whole as only healthy people donate blood.

Another 60,000 donors will be tested before September.

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