Germany will go into severe lockdown over Easter as Covid-19 infection rates soar

Germany will go into severe lockdown over Easter as Covid-19 infection rates soar

Almost all stores will be closed during the Easter period from April 1 to 5, and no more than five people over the age of 14 from two families can gather. Grocery stores will only be allowed to open for one day, on Saturday 3 April.

Merkel said the nation’s general lockdown measures would also be extended until April 18. Germans have been living under various levels of restrictions since mid-December.

The country’s Public Health Authority announced 7,485 new infections and 250 deaths over a 24-hour period on Tuesday. The number of daily injuries is 2,000 higher than it was a week ago. Now more than 108 out of every 100,000 people are infected every week.

“We know that the current emergency measures will not be sufficient to stop the accelerating growth,” Merkel said in the early hours of this morning after lengthy negotiations with leaders of states in Berlin.

“This is why April 1, Maundy Thursday, and April 3 will be declared rest days this year with the extension of communication restrictions and the ban on gatherings from April 1 to 5. This means an extended closure during Easter. For five days in a row, principle He: We’ll stay home. ”

Germany has recorded more than 74,000 deaths due to Covid-19 since the start of the epidemic, and Merkel said that the country is witnessing a third wave of infections.

Merkel also said that a newer British alternative is making it harder for the country to control the spread of the virus.

“After we managed to cut the number of infections sharply in January, we are now seeing a more dangerous upsurge with the penetration of the most contagious British mutant. We are seeing the exact opposite: the number of cases is increasing exponentially, intensive care beds are filling up again, and more people are now suffering in the middle of Age and the youngest of them are difficult diseases. “

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The German vaccination program, like many in the European Union, is in short supply. The United Kingdom and the European Union are involved in a new dispute over doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine, with the president of the bloc, Ursula von der Leyen, reportedly threatening to prevent a batch of shots from a factory in the Netherlands from exporting to the United Kingdom.

Merkel expressed her support for Von der Leyen on Monday.

“The European Union is the most exporting region at the moment. I support Commission Chair Ursula von der Leyen, who explains that when contracts entered into with us are not fulfilled, the situation is of course different from when contracts are fully adhered to, and perhaps more will be delivered. European Union.

Stephanie Hallas of CNN and Samantha Beach contributed to this report.

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