Germany extends lockdown till mid April due to rise in Covid19 cases

Germany extends lockdown till mid April due to rise in Covid19 cases

Germany extends lockdown till mid April due to rise in Covid19 cases

Germany extended its lockdown measures by another month and imposed several new restrictions, including largely shutting down public life over Easter, in an effort to drive down the rate of coronavirus infections.

Chancellor Angela Merkel announced the measures early Tuesday after a lengthy video call with the country’s 16 state governors, nearly three weeks after the two sides agreed on a plan paving the way to relax some rules.

Just three weeks ago, the German government was making plans to reopening economic activities that relied on a steady decline in case rates. With 57 per cent increase in daily new cases in two weeks, it is clear that Germany is headed into another coronavirus wave.

Officials agreed to largely shut down public life from April 1-3, adding a public holiday and shutting down most stores for the period. Public gatherings will be banned from April 1-5, to encourage people to stay at home.

Amid concern over the rise in Germans traveling abroad on holidays, authorities also agreed on a blanket requirement for air travelers to be tested for COVID-19 before boarding a flight to Germany.