Germany extends partial lockdown but plans an exception for Christmas

Germany’s partial lockdown to prevent the spread of the new coronavirus will be extended through December 20, federal and state leaders agreed on Wednesday, after spending seven hours discussing the matter in a video conference.Although the current regulations, which have been in place for more than three weeks, have shown signs of stopping the virus from spreading faster, more time is needed to ensure safety, said Chancellor Angela Merkel.”Once more, we need to draw on our strengths,” she said, noting that the extended measures could be lifted should there be an unexpected drop in new infecti…

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