Angela Merkel Gives Go Ahead to 'Short National Lockdown' in Germany to Curb Covid Cases

Chancellor Angela Merkel is in favour of tightening virus restrictions in Germany for a short period to stem rising case numbers, her spokeswoman said Wednesday.

Merkel backs calls for a “short national lockdown”, Ulrike Demmer said, noting that the country’s health system was under growing pressure.

A patchwork of rules across Germany’s 16 states “is not contributing to security and acceptance at the moment”, Demmer told reporters.

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