States that relaxed the restrictions agreed to reimpose them if the number of cases reached 50 per 100,000.
This has now happened in North Rhine-Westphalia, where 150 workers at a slaughterhouse in Coesfeld have tested positive for the virus.
This has brought the state’s infection rate to 61 per 100,000, and means that further measures to relax the restrictions cannot go forward.
The UK and other governments around the world will look to Germany to see how it is succeeding in easing the lockdown after Chancellor Angela Merkel has given the green light to the country’s 16 states.
Two cities in the state of Thuringia in eastern Germany are also being returned to custody after recoding a rate of 80 infections per 100,000 population.
Chief administrator Martina Schweinsburg said, “To be clear: we are not going to quarantine the whole district, only two small towns have been particularly affected. “
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Restaurants and gymnasiums in Germany will be allowed to reopen on Monday, except in areas that have experienced peaks.
Boris Johnson is about to speak to the public to reveal his “road map” to get the country out of isolation.
Downing Street reiterated that the Prime Minister will exercise “maximum caution” when announcing lockout changes on Sunday.
Mr. Johnson’s official spokesperson said, “The PM is clear that we will be taking a maximum precautionary approach.
“I think that is evidently reflected in the comments that the Prime Ministers made in public.”