Görkem ŞEKEROĞLU -TDO- Chancellor Angela Merkel’s government decided Wednesday to continue a partial lockdown to fight the coronavirus pandemic until at least March 7, even though the public grows increasingly weary of the existing tough restrictions.
After talks with the leaders of Germany’s 16 states, Merkel said that the number of new Covid-19 infections in the country was starting to drop after more than two months of schools and shops being closed.
But she urged Germans to be patient as fears grow over more contagious virus variants first detected in Britain, South Africa and Brazil.
The new strains are spreading especially quickly and require significant additional efforts, the government said following the meeting with the state leaders.
Under Germany’s federal system, regional states have significant decision-making powers and some have not completely agreed with the government policies in this respect.
The text issued by the government states that schools and daycare centres should be the first to gradually reopen, but that it is for individual states to decide how and when.