Chancellor Angela Merkel announced early Tuesday that Germany would be entering a stern five-day lockdown over the Easter holiday in a bid to suppress the skyrocketing COVID-19 infection rates in the European country.
After talking with the country’s 16 state premiers, Merkel also said that coronavirus restrictions in Germany would remain effective through April 18.
The cultural, leisure and sporting facilities across the country would remain close under the new order.
As situations remain dire because of the spreading new variants of COVID-19, Merkel said that Germany was now in a “very serious” state as health authorities and government officials do their best to speed up the vaccination process of the population against coronavirus.
“Case numbers are rising exponentially and intensive care beds are filling up again,” she said in a press conference on Tuesday.
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