Germany is considering further travel restrictions and a dramatic reduction in air traffic due to fears about new mutations of coronavirus, an Interior Ministry spokesperson told CNN.
The Interior Ministry is in talks with the German federal government to consider halting all unnecessary travel.
"The threat posed by the numerous virus mutations requires us to also consider drastic measures and discuss them in the Federal Government," said Federal Interior Minister Horst Seehofer in a statement. "These include significantly stricter border controls, especially at the borders to high-risk areas, but also the reduction of air traffic to Germany to almost zero, as Israel is currently doing to prevent the introduction of the virus mutation."
"People expect us to protect them as best we can from an explosion in the number of infections," he added.
A decision at the national level could be considered if no satisfactory measures are decided at the EU level, according to the ministry.