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Holidaymania strikes Germany as Covid travel restrictions ease

Hundreds of thousands of Germans plan to go away soon, as government reduces risk rating of favoured destinations

Germans are in the midst of holiday fever following the widespread relaxation of coronavirus restrictions at home and abroad opening the prospect of travel again for a nation which considers the summer break to be a basic human right.

A considerable improvement week on week since May in the country’s virus incidence rate, which stood at 22 per 100,000 on Thursday, a 42% decrease on last week, a vaccine campaign which was slow to start but has now picked up pace, and relaxations of rules in holiday destinations such as Mallorca, have prompted a boom in bookings.

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