Many German states favour extending coronavirus shutdown – state premier

Many German states favour extending coronavirus shutdown – state premier

Many of Germany’s 16 federal states are in favor of extending a partial shutdown aimed at slowing the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic and making family reunions possible during Christmas, one of the state prime ministers said on Monday.

“The (infection) numbers are moderate but still high,” Manuela Schwesig, prime minister of the northern state of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, told Deutschlandfunk radio.

Germany imposed a month-long “lockdown-lite” from November 2 to contain a second wave of the virus that is sweeping much of Europe, but infection numbers have not decreased.

Prime ministers of state and Chancellor Angela Merkel are due to discuss new measures on Wednesday. They could extend the measures until December 20, according to senior politicians and a draft proposal obtained by Reuters on Sunday.

Bars and restaurants are closed, but schools and shops remain open. Private gatherings are limited to a maximum of 10 people from two households, and the draft proposal says the number would be reduced to five.

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