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Here’s how Germany's new coronavirus restrictions are likely to affect US military communities

Here’s how Germany's new coronavirus restrictions are likely to affect US military communities
U.S. military commands, which impose their own coronavirus restrictions, have said that service members and civilians working for the military in Germany must follow whichever rules are stricter — the German authorities’ or the military's.

The new, even tougher rules announced Tuesday also include travel restrictions in areas where more than 200 new cases of the virus per 100,000 residents have been registered over the previous seven days.In the greater Kaiserslautern area, which is home to a tens of thousands of service members, their families and Defense Department employees, there were around 96 new cases per 100,000 residents over the past week, according to German public health agency the Robert Koch Institute.Wiesbaden had nearly 83 cases per 100,000 residents over the past week, and Stuttgart around 85.Weekly infections in the county in Bavaria that includes Vilseck were just over 89 per 100,000 residents, and the 7-day incidence in the county where Grafenwoehr is was around 120 new cases per 100,000 people, RKI said.

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