Germany extends lockdown, but seeks way out with testing and jabs

Germany’s coronavirus lockdown will be extended until March 28, but Chancellor Angela Merkel and state premiers have agreed to a path to opening up depending on infection rates. After hours of negotiations on Wednesday, they agreed to a step-by-step reopening strategy with an emergency brake system built in should infections rise again – as well as a focus on ramping up mass testing and vaccination. Contact restrictions will be slightly eased from Monday, with two households allowed to meet in groups of up to five people, plus young people under 14. If infection rates drop, contact restriction…

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