Germany: COVID-19 sceptics march in Berlin to contest new restrictions

Several hundred COVID-19 sceptics gathered at Berlin's Alexanderplatz on Sunday to protest against new restrictions that have been put in place to curb the spread of the virus. The new measures, which came into force in the German capital last week, forces almost all businesses to close between 23:00 (21:00 GMT) and 06:00 (04:00 GMT), while only five people or members of a maximum two different households can meet outdoors during the same curfew hours. The restrictions, which are set to last until at least October 31, were implemented after Berlin was declared a coronavirus risk zone after cases breached the key threshold of 50 new infections per 100,000 inhabitants over a seven-day period, which the government set earlier in the pandemic. The Querdenken movement, which called for the protest on social media, has been gaining momentum in recent weeks in Germany, and is at the forefront of a wave of COVID-sceptic groups.

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