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Tuesday, January 19, 2021

Germany to Begin a Month-Long ‘Lockdown Light’ from Nov. 2

German Chancellor Angela Merkel announced a “lockdown light” last Oct. 28 after nearly 15,000 new cases were reported over a 24-hour period in the country.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel announced a “lockdown light” last Oct. 28 after nearly 15,000 new cases were reported over a 24-hour period in the country.

Under the new restrictions that will take effect on Nov. 2 until the end of the month, restaurants, bars, public recreation centers, and entertainment facilities will close, but schools will remain open, as well as shops, but only one customer is allowed per 10 square meters.

Furthermore, large events are canceled and public meetings are restricted to two households of up to 10 people. However, church services and protests are allowed due to constitutional concerns.

“Unnecessary, private journey” is strongly discouraged and overnight stays at hotels for tourism purposes are banned. Those who can work from home are called to do so.

“If infections continue at this rate, we will be at the limits of the capacities of our health system,” Merkel said in a press conference after an emergency video conference with leaders from 16 states.

“We must act, and now, to avoid an acute national health emergency,” Merkel said.

According to Merkel, the number of people in intensive care units have doubled in the last 10 days and that several areas can no longer trace the spread of infection.

“We are now at a point where, on average nationally, we no longer know where 75% of the infections come from. We can list 25% of them,” Merkel said.

State and federal leaders will review the new measures after two weeks to assess and determine if changes are necessary.

Germany has recorded a total number of 479,621 cases nationwide and 10,359 deaths.

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