"Fighting the pandemic with consistent tracking".

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Other countries show that consistent tracking of infection chains leads to rapid containment of the pandemic. Applying the existing testing and quarantine rules would therefore make more sense than new air travel bans.

Regarding the further travel restrictions for high-risk areas, which also include countries from the EU, VDMA Managing Director Thilo Brodtmann says:

"The state has the task of preventing the rapid spread of the Corona virus, especially in its highly contagious variant. However, other countries are showing us that consistent tracking of the infection chains leads to rapid containment of the pandemic - without stopping air traffic altogether. In Germany, the goal would be more consistent tracking of whether affected persons actually comply with the quarantine rules. In this respect, it would make more sense to apply the existing testing and quarantine rules than to introduce new bans. Data protection should also no longer be used as a blanket defense against temporary smart solutions.

"Applying the existing testing and quarantine rules would make more sense than new bans."

The travel restrictions now imposed risk other countries in Europe doing the same and ending up with another patchwork of border and travel rules. Sectors dependent on exports, such as mechanical and plant engineering, would suffer particularly from this. There is now also a growing danger that urgently needed components and spare parts will no longer be transported in time if flights are cancelled, which always carry freight as well as people. The virus will be around for some time to come. We therefore need more smart and targeted measures, rather than blanket barriers."