“In this important phase of the vaccination campaign, the entry of problematic mutations must be avoided as far as possible.”
The new legislation takes effect from midnight on Sunday (11pm GMT Saturday) and even applies to those who have been fully vaccinated.
German officials are approaching lockdown easing with caution after breaking the back of a third wave earlier this month.
“This step is hard for the UK, but it is necessary to prevent the rapid spread of the Indian variant in Germany.”
He added that Germany will be armed against such a danger only when more people have been vaccinated.
According to Johns Hopkins University, Germany has administered over 43 million jabs – with 10 million people being fully protected.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel previously warned that, although Covid cases were declining, “the virus has not disappeared.”
Ms Merkel added: “I hope that, after the long time with closures and opportunities they didn’t have, that people will treat these opportunities very responsibly.”
In the UK, Boris Johnson’s roadmap out of lockdown is progressing without interruption despite the Indian variant concern.
International travel reopened last Monday, much to the delight of Brits looking to get away for the summer.
In a statement on May 20, Mr Johnson said: “We will be letting everybody know exactly what sort of arrangements to expect for June 21.
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Germany’s decision comes shortly after a new variant of the virus with a “strange combination” of genes was discovered in Yorkshire and the Humber.
The newly discovered Yorkshire variant, also called the VUI-21MAY-01 or AV.1 variant, is not believed to be more transmissible than other strains from India and is currently “under investigation”.
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