In Brief: Most German states to introduce hotel ban on travelers from domestic coronavirus hot spots

Holidaymakers from Germany’s COVID-19 risk areas will have to provide a negative coronavirus test result no more than 48 hours old or risk being denied hotel accommodation, according to news reports.

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Updated on Oct. 8 at 12 p.m.

By Sylvia Cunningham, Kate Brady and Soraya Sarhaddi Nelson

Most of Germany’s 16 federal states agreed on Wednesday to bar travelers from staying in hotels if they’re coming from domestic hot spots for the coronavirus.

The new rule only applies to tourist trips and not for commuters or those visiting their families, public broadcaster rbb reported.

Five of Germany’s hot spots are in Berlin, according to the city government.

They are Friedrichshain-Kreuzberg, Tempelhof-Schöneberg, Charlottenburg-Wilmersdorf, Neukölln and Mitte, which have infections exceeding 50 per 100,000 residents.

The citywide rate, meanwhile, is at 47.2.

Bavarian premier Markus Söder tweeted yesterday that vacationers coming from high-risk areas, including those in Berlin, will need to provide a negative test if they don’t want to be turned away.

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German investigators on Wednesday raided the offices and homes of several former and current officials from the country’s soccer federation, known as the DFB.

Frankfurt prosecutors said six unnamed DFB officials are suspected of serious tax evasion.

The federation officials are said to have intentionally falsely declared income in 2014 and 2015, which led to about 4.7 million euros in unpaid taxes.

About 200 police officers took part in the operation across five German states, including North Rhine-Westphalia, Hesse, Bavaria, Lower Saxony and Rhineland-Palatinate.

Wednesday’s raids are just the latest in a spate of legal cases to have tarnished the DFB, including an investigation into suspected misuse of funds linked to the 2006 World Cup in Germany.

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The trial of a man accused of killing a former Chechen commander in Tiergarten last year on Moscow’s orders began Wednesday in Berlin.

The case of Vadim Krasikov, who is accused of killing the 40-year-old Georgian citizen in broad daylight, has caused tensions between Germany and Russia.

Berlin expelled two Russian diplomats last December in connection with the killing, prompting Moscow to retaliate by ousting two German diplomats.

The German prosecutor told the court the victim had fought Russian troops in Chechnya.

News reports said the defendant, through his attorney, complained he’d been misidentified in the indictment. The trial is expected to continue through January.

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