Germany wants to scrap mandatory free coronavirus tests for returning travellers it introduced earlier this month to stop a rise in new cases, its health minister said, citing capacity constraints at laboratories.

The free tests were introduced in the first week of August after new coronavirus cases breached the 1,000-a-day threshold for the first time since May, heightening fears of a return to painful lockdowns.

A rule requiring travellers returning from areas that Germany considers as hotspots to self-quarantine for 14 days will remain. Compulsory tests for those travellers will stay in place.

Aljazeera

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