Coronavirus: Germany Imposes Easter lockdown In Response To Third Wave

Germany has extended its lockdown for three weeks, imposing an almost complete halt over the Easter holiday in response to a third wave of coronavirus infections.

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After talks with regional leaders Chancellor Angela Merkel said current measures would remain until 18 April. Restrictions will be even tougher from 1-5 April, when most shops will be shut and gatherings will be limited. Mrs Merkel said Germany was now in a “very serious” situation.

“Case numbers are rising exponentially and intensive care beds are filling up again,” the chancellor told a news conference on Tuesday. Coronavirus infections have been surging across Europe in recent weeks as countries scramble to vaccinate their populations despite delays in rolling out jabs.

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The infection rate has risen above 100 per 100,000 inhabitants in Germany. A further 7,485 infections have been reported in the past 24 hours as well as 250 deaths.

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In neighbouring Poland, the rate is more than three times higher. French hospitals have admitted another 471 patients into intensive care in 24 hours, and another 15,792 cases have been reported.

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