Mainz (dpa / lrs) - Rhineland-Palatinate is prepared according to Prime Minister Malu Dreyer (SPD) for the classification of the French border region Moselle as a so-called virus variant area.

"We decided on joint measures in a Franco-German task force with the participation of Rhineland-Palatinate, Saarland, the Federal Chancellery, the foreign, health and interior ministries of Germany and France," Dreyer announced on Sunday.

"The aim is to avoid closing the border and at the same time ensure the highest level of security for the population."

The federal government classified the region bordering Saarland and Rhineland-Palatinate on Sunday as a virus variant area, with effect from Tuesday, as the Robert Koch Institute announced.

"We discussed the situation with our border municipalities last week and, above all, prepared ourselves how cross-border commuters can be tested so that we can secure the flow of goods and commuters can continue to come to their workplaces where home office is not possible." , reported Dreyer.


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