Germany may extend lockdown to curb spread before Xmas
Many of Germany’s 16 federal states favour extending a partial shutdown meant to slow the spread of the Covid pandemic and make family gatherings over Christmas possible, two state premiers said on Monday.
Germany, which is governed by a conservative-Social Democratic coalition, imposed a monthlong “lockdown-lite” from November 2. Infection numbers have plateaued since but not declined.
“The November shutdown has brought something, the (infection) numbers are subdued but they remain high,” Manuela Schwesig, premier of the northern state of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, told Deutschlandfunk (DLF) radio. “For this reason, many states believe that the November shutdown must continue, especially in the risk areas,” the Social Democrat said.
Saxony-Anhalt state premier Reiner Haseloff, a member of Chancellor Angela Merkel’s conservatives, told a news conference there was a general agreement that current restrictions should be extended for about three weeks.