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Germany: Merkel announces partial lockdown in attempt to slow down COVID-19 spread03:28

Germany: Merkel announces partial lockdown in attempt to slow down COVID-19 spread

Germany, Berlin
October 28, 2020 at 17:29 GMT +00:00 · Published

German Chancellor Angela Merkel announced a partial lockdown in Germany amid the rising COVID-19 numbers, speaking at a news conference after a meeting with the heads of federal states in Berlin on Wednesday.

According to the new rules coming into force on Monday, social contacts will be limited to two households, bars and restaurants will be open only for takeaways but schools and kindergartens will remain open.

"These are tough measures that we have adopted. These are burdensome measures, measures for the whole country. And we have tried to think about the political priorities, and one of these political priorities was of course that the economic life remains intact as far as possible," said Merkel adding that small businesses will be reimbursed with up to 75 percent of their planned November earnings.

The chancellor said the heads of states and the federal government will meet again on November 11 to reassess the situation.

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German Chancellor Angela Merkel announced a partial lockdown in Germany amid the rising COVID-19 numbers, speaking at a news conference after a meeting with the heads of federal states in Berlin on Wednesday.

According to the new rules coming into force on Monday, social contacts will be limited to two households, bars and restaurants will be open only for takeaways but schools and kindergartens will remain open.

"These are tough measures that we have adopted. These are burdensome measures, measures for the whole country. And we have tried to think about the political priorities, and one of these political priorities was of course that the economic life remains intact as far as possible," said Merkel adding that small businesses will be reimbursed with up to 75 percent of their planned November earnings.

The chancellor said the heads of states and the federal government will meet again on November 11 to reassess the situation.

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