Germany: Merkel unveils strict coronavirus containment measures

German Chancellor Angela Merkel announced stringent coronavirus measures on Monday night in Berlin, that include a travel ban, the closure of any 'non-essential' establishments and restrictions on any gatherings. She began listing establishments that will not be closed, including grocery shops, pharmacies, petrol stations, banks and post offices. The «Sunday shop trading should be suspended... Еще until further notice,» she added, before saying that schools, adult education centres, and any «gatherings that take place in chruches, mosques, synagogues, and other belief organisations,» should be closed. Restuarants are to be opened only at the 06:00 at the earliest and closed before 18:00 as the European Commission moved to introduce a 30 day travel ban within the EU. «No holiday trips, both internationally and domesctically,» Merkel said. According to the latest reports by the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC), at least 179,000 people have been infected by the COVID-19 worldwide and over 7,000 people have died. There have currently been 7,174 cases confirmed in Germany with 14 deaths.

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