Germany to extend hard lockdown until April 18

The measures currently being taken in to contain the  will be extended until April 18.

This decision was agreed upon at a meeting between Chancellor Angela Merkel and the prime ministers of the federal states, Spiegel reports.

The federal states must adopt their rules, which are currently in effect until March 29.

According to the publication, the federal and state governments currently assume that “ an overload of the health system is likely as early as April.”

Due to the sharp increase in the number of infections — on Monday, the seven-day incidence in the country was 107.3 cases per 100,000 inhabitants-further plans for the opening are not yet discussed.

In early March, the federal government and the German state authorities agreed to ease the  in the country, provided that the rate of new infections per 100,000 population in seven days does not exceed 100 cases for three consecutive days.

If this happens in a particular country or in the country as a whole, it was agreed to apply an “emergency brake” for the already introduced mitigation of the anti-epidemic regime.

Recently, Hamburg became the first German city to return to a strict due to the deterioration of the situation with the coronavirus.

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