Bavaria, Hamburg against relaxing the lockdown

Bavarian leader Markus Söder (CSU) and Hamburg’s Mayor Peter Tschentscher (SPD) have spoken against loosening the current coronavirus restrictions over the weekend. [Shutterstock/Jazzmany]

As German Chancellor Angela Merkel is set to meet with Germany’s state leaders on Monday to assess the lockdown measures, which have been in place for two weeks, Bavarian leader Markus Söder (CSU) and Hamburg’s Mayor Peter Tschentscher (SPD) have spoken against loosening the current coronavirus restrictions over the weekend.

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“The curve is flattening out, but the figures are still too high, Söder said over the weekend, the Süddeutsche Zeitung reported. Though the Bavarian leader is against relaxing measures any time soon, he believes “we can only decide next week whether we need to extend or even deepen the lockdown.” 

Tschentscher also came out against loosening restrictions on Sunday. “It is currently not clear whether the measures taken so far are sufficient to slow down the infection dynamics beyond the level already achieved,” he told the Düsseldorf newspaper Rheinische Post.

Although the country’s rate of new infections has slowed down slightly, Health Minister Jens Spahn has said that there is not yet a “turnaround.” (Sarah Lawton | EURACTIV.de

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