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By European standards, Germany has so far experienced relatively low infection and death rates during the pandemic, but the number of new daily cases has jumped in recent weeks, taking infections to levels not seen since. the start of the pandemic.
Follow the rules, urge the officials
Following the alarming outbreak, senior officials urged Germans to adhere to restrictions to prevent the spread of the virus.
“It is important to understand that we are not powerless against this virus. We can do something, we can all make a difference every day, ”Health Minister Spahn told state broadcaster. Deutschlandfunk Thursday.
German citizens must be made clear that they are now deciding whether “Christmas can take place in its usual form,” Spahn added.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s chief of staff Helge Braun told state broadcaster ARD that “it is up to us to stop infections”, adding that: “it now depends on the population. That we’re not just looking at: what can I do now? what the minister-presidents agreed yesterday. ”
Tough measures to target the virus
Their warnings came just hours after Chancellor Angela Merkel met with the prime ministers of Germany’s 16 federal states to decide and reveal tighter restrictions aimed at slowing the spread of the virus.
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Merkel also warned that there could be more than 19,000 new infections per day if the trends continue. The country’s leaders on Wednesday announced new curfews for bars and restaurants in areas deemed hotspots, as well as new restrictions on the number of people allowed to congregate in public and private places.
At the meeting, Merkel called on young people to refrain from holding parties to avoid a further rise in cases.
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“We especially need to call on young people to skip a few parties now in order to have a good life tomorrow or the day after,” she said.
At the same meeting, Bavarian Prime Minister Markus Söder warned that Germany could be close to a second lockdown.
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kmm, lc / dr (AFP, Reuters, dpa, AP)