Germany is warning its citizens against non-essential travel to Paris and Cote d’Azur in France after a rise in coronavirus cases in these zones.

The German Foreign Ministry says “unnecessary tourist trips” should not be planned to the Île-de-France region – which includes the capital – and the southern part of Provence-Alpes-Côte-d’Azur, which includes Marseille and Nice.

The Ministry also warned against travelling to French Guiana and other overseas territories of France.

According to Schengen Visa Info, German citizens who visit any of these high risk territories must undergo a COVID-19 test upon their return and go through quarantine until the results are confirmed.

Germany’s warning comes after the number of coronavirus cases has shown an increase in France.

The French government is reportedly monitoring the situation closely to see if restrictions or lockdowns are needed in a bid to curb the spread of the virus.

“The circulation of the virus is progressing markedly, and is at its most intense among young adults,” Olivier Véran, Health Minister of France, announced over the weekend.

According to the World Health Organisation’s latest statistics, Germany has had 237,000 confirmed COVID-19 cases, with 9,341 deaths reported. France has had a total of 248,000 infections and 30,544 deaths.

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