Germany has extended its lockdown restrictions for almost another month amid the COVID-19 surge in the country.
The country has also imposed new restrictions, including largely shutting down public life over Easter as part of the effort of the government to have a decrease in COVID-19 cases.
Chancellor Angela Merkel announced on Tuesday that restrictions previously set to run through March 28 will now remain in place until April 18.
Merkel also said that Germany has “basically have a new pandemic.”
“Essentially we have a new virus, obviously of the same type but with completely different characteristics,” she said.
“Significantly more deadly, significantly more infectious (and) infectious for longer,” she added.
COVID-19 infections have increased in Germany as the “more contagious” variant first detected in Britain has become dominant.
© Fourth Estate
® — All Rights Reserved.
This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.