Germany has decided to extend the lockdown in the country by three more weeks to March 28. However, the government has decided to relax some restrictions during this period. German Chancellor Angel Merkel held talks with the governor of 16 states in the country for about nine hours on Wednesday. The discussion was mostly about the increasing threat of new strain of corona virus and the return to normal life.
The government opened the schools up to primary level for students last week in the country. At the same time, after about two and a half months, the ‘hairdressers’ also returned to work on Monday. The administration will implement new lockdown rules decided in the meeting in the country from Sunday. Merkel and the governors of the states on Wednesday prepared a phased plan to relax the restrictions. In Berlin, Merkel told reporters that these steps will take us forward.
She said, “But at the same time, this should not affect the progress achieved so far in dealing with the virus. Many frightening examples of the third wave exist in Europe”. Merkel pledged that the spring of 2021 would be different from the spring of the previous year. She informed that non-essential goods shops, museums and other centers will be opened for a limited time in areas where there are fewer cases of infection.
Most shops in the country were closed since the government implemented the lockdown on 16 December. Meanwhile, restaurants, bars, sports centers etc were closed since November 2 last year. The government allowed hotels to only accommodate people traveling for business. Robert Koch of the National Center for Disease Control said on Wednesday that 46 per cent of the 25,000 samples tested last week had strain of the COVID-19 found in Britain.
Till Tuesday, 5.3 percent of the population had received the first dose of COVID-19 vaccine. With this, 2.7 percent have already received the second dose of the vaccine. According to the National Center for Disease Control, Germany reported 9,019 new cases of corona virus on Wednesday, taking the number of infected to 24.6 lakh. At the same time, after the death of 418 more patients, the death toll increased to 70,881.