Germany's lockdown extended to April 18, tightened for Easter

German leaders early on Tuesday agreed to extend the country’s coronavirus lockdown until April 18 to contain a new wave of infections and to tighten up measures for a five-day period over the Easter holidays. Chancellor Angela Merkel and leaders of the country’s federal states reached agreement on the strict lockdown measures early Tuesday following 11 hours of talks on the country’s way forward in the pandemic. Leaders agreed that public and private life are to come to a virtual standstill over the long Easter holiday weekend from April 1 through 5. Shops are to remain closed throughout, exc…

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