Merkel announces new meeting to tighten measures next week

While the previous exponential rise in infections has been broken, Germany is still “a long way off” from the maximum of 50 new infections per 100,000 in the span of seven days, said the German chancellor. [EPA-EFE/ANDREAS GORA]

Following a meeting with Germany’s 16 state leaders, Chancellor Angela Merkel announced a further meeting to be held on 25 November to discuss a further tightening of coronavirus restrictions, as well as a longer-term plan to combat the virus that will apply into 2021.

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While the previous exponential rise in infections has been broken, Germany is still “a long way off” from the maximum of 50 new infections per 100,000 in the span of seven days, said the German chancellor.

In the interim, Merkel repeated her appeal to restrict unnecessary contacts, calling it “the recipe for success.” More specifically, she called on those in Germany to limit their contacts to one other household and also urged people to forego “unnecessary private trips and tourist day trips.” Additionally, those with cold symptoms have been asked to quarantine.

(Sarah Lawton | EURACTIV.de)

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