Germany Locks Down Over Christmas as COVID-19 Cases Spike

Germany is heading towards a hard national lockdown over the Christmas period as the daily figures of COVID-19 infections and deaths reached new record levels last Friday, overwhelming the medical system of the European nation.

Germany is heading towards a hard national lockdown over the Christmas period as the daily figures of COVID-19 infections and deaths reached new record levels last Friday, overwhelming the medical system of the European nation.

According to the Robert Koch Institute, the nation recorded 23,542 new COVID-19 cases on Dec. 11, and almost 600 deaths last Dec. 9.

Health Minister Jens Spahn said on Friday that “the virus takes only limited account of whether or not we have all finished our Christmas shopping.”

“That’s why additional measures are undoubtedly needed uniformly throughout Germany, better sooner than later,” said Spahn.

The new nationwide lockdown would start on Wednesday until January 10. Chancellor Angela Merkel announced the measures after a meeting with the leaders of the nation’s 16 states, saying that there was “an urgent need” for the government “to take action.”

Under the new measure, a maximum of five individuals from at most two households would be allowed to gather in a home. However, this restriction would be relaxed from Dec. 24 to 26 so that families could invite at least four close relatives from other households.

Essential businesses, such as food selling shops and banking firms, would remain open during the hard lockdown.

The government also urges companies to allow their workers to work from home to prevent them from getting infected with coronavirus.


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