The German Chancellor has called for the closure between Christmas and mid-January at the latest of all non-food stores and schools, in particular. She also plans to bring the start of the school holidays forward.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel called on Wednesday December 9 for new restrictions until mid-January across the country, where existing measures are proving insufficient to bring the number of Covid-19 cases under control.

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“The number of contacts” between people “is too high, the reduction in the number of contacts is insufficient”, declared the Chancellor in front of the Chamber of Deputies. She judged “justified” the proposals of a group of experts aiming to close, at the latest between Christmas and mid-January, all non-food stores and schools in particular. And the Chancellor urged to reduce “at least” contacts between now and the holidays, evoking the possibility of bringing forward the start of the school holidays.

While he was praised for his management of the pandemic during the first wave in the spring, the country is in difficulty in the face of the second wave. Germany has recorded a record number of deaths linked to the Covid-19, to 590.

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