Pandemic: Merkel sees 'faint light' at the end of the tunnel

German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Thursday that falling coronavirus case numbers gave reason for cautious optimism, but warned against “false hopes” and over-hasty easing of lockdowns. “I see a faint light at the end of the tunnel, but it is an incredibly difficult time,” Merkel said in a televised interview with German broadcasters ntv and RTL. The peak of the second wave had passed, the chancellor said, with the number of new infections falling. At the same time, growing numbers of people are getting vaccines, though Merkel acknowledged Germany is yet to meet its targets on that front….

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