Germany to start easing COVID-related restrictions from March 8: Merkel

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German Chancellor Angela Merkel
German Chancellor Angela Merkel

Berlin [Germany], March 4 (ANI/Sputnik): The German authorities have agreed to begin easing coronavirus-related restrictions from March 8 in regions with low incidence of the disease, German Chancellor Angela Merkel told reporters after COVID-19 consultations with heads of regions.

"From March 8, retail stores can be opened in regions with an incidence below 50 [new cases per week per 100,000 population], with an incidence higher -- through online ordering," Merkel said.

"Also, with an incidence higher than 50, museums, galleries, zoos and botanical gardens can be opened if... the visit is documented, "she said. (ANI/Sputnik)