Coronavirus in Germany: bars, restaurants and cultural centers close, but schools are left open

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Chancellor Angela Merkel explained that it seeks to “avoid a national health emergency.” The activity of the shops is maintained and sports are suspended in closed places.

The German Chancellor, Angela Merkel, and the regional powers agreed on Wednesday to close bars and restaurants in November, as well as leisure, cultural offerings and amateur sports in roofed spaces, although they will keep school activities open as long as possible. And trade.

It was also announced that social contacts and meetings will be limited to a minimum, the head of government announced, and detailed that the restrictions will come into effect on Monday, November 2, with the aim of “avoid a national health emergency”, before the advance of the pandemic.

The agreement provides compensate companies affected by losses arising from the closing, estimating this volume with respect to what was billed the previous year, for which a special item of 10,000 million euros is expected.

“The number of new infections has doubled in a week. We have to act now,” Merkel said, adding that the high number of new infections and the exponential increase in cases means that their tracking cannot be conveniently followed.

The chancellor admitted that it is currently not possible to know the origin of 75% of the new cases that are detected.

The purpose of the Executive is what in German media has been called “breaking the wave” (of new infections) to avoiding school closings, as well as keeping business life going.

It will, therefore, be a lighter closure than the one decreed between March and April, in which commercial and school life was deactivated.

The new measures will last four weeks to allow for the reopening and family gatherings at Christmas.

For now, restrictions on meetings in public places mean that no more than ten people can be found, if it is not about people who live in one or two homes.

It is recommended, at the same time, to avoid all non-essential travel, not even in the interior of the country, or family visits. National tourist trips are strictly prohibited.

Merkel’s meeting with regional leaders came fifteen days after the last meeting, in which hardly any vague agreement was reached. In Germany, it is up to the regional powers to implement what has been agreed, according to their criteria.

This Wednesday’s conference, in virtual format, was held under the impact of the growing numbers of new infections. This Wednesday he registered a new daily high of nearly 15,000 new covid-19 positives, This figure seemed unthinkable a month ago in a country where the first wave was better controlled than in other European partners.

Consensus has been achieved despite the initial resistance of the “Länder” with the lowest incidence of infections, those located in the east of the country. There were also differences between the most affected regions, since Bavaria (south) demanded strong actions.

The Robert Koch Institute (RKI) of virology reported 14,964 new coronavirus infections this Wednesday, representing a new maximum since the beginning of the pandemic.

Since then, 463,157 cases of coronavirus have been verified in the country, with a total of 10,284 fatalities and 326,707 patients who have overcome the disease.

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