Officials announced on Wednesday that Germany will fall into confinement and restaurants, bars and theaters will be closed for a month to stop the rapid spread of COVID-19.
Prime Minister Angela Merkel (Angela Merkel) and the country’s 16 governors said that the partial shutdown will take effect on Monday, and said they need to do so after the recent surge in new infections.
Merkel said in a teleconference: “We must act now to avoid an urgent national health emergency.”
Unlike Germany’s first lockdown in March, shops and schools will be allowed to open, and restaurants can sell takeaway food. But Merkel urged people not to make unnecessary trips and said the hotel would not be able to receive tourists.
According to the German disease control agency, the shutdown ended on November 30, just a few hours from the country’s daily record of the highest number of daily reported coronavirus infections-increasing the total number of infections across the country to 449,275.
Merkel said: “We can say that our health system can meet today̵
On Wednesday, Germany also recorded 27 coronavirus-related deaths, bringing the total death toll to 10,098.
In the course of this pandemic, Germany has 83 million people living in it, and it has performed better than many European countries in the past.
Johns Hopkins University said that since the outbreak, Europe has suffered a total of 250,000 virus-related deaths.