Germany: Thousands rally against coronavirus restrictions in Dusseldorfl

Thousands of protesters took to the streets of Dusseldorf to rally against measures put in place to curb the spread of the coronavirus on Sunday. Demonstrators carried placards and banners decrying the restrictions as they marched through central Dusseldorf. Counter-protesters could also be seen along the route of the march, although they were separated from the protesters by police. A heavy police presence was present throughout the city after organisers had registered some 50,000 participants in advance but attendance ended up being below 5,000 according to local media. Participants did not have to wear masks, but were required to keep a minimum distance of 1.5 metres (4.9 feet) from one another. German Chancellor Angela Merkel originally announced a series of measures in March to curb the spread of coronavirus, which she said were necessary in order «to win time in the fight against the virus.» The measures have been gradually eased nation-wide. In the past weeks, however, the number of new infections has significantly increased, with new daily cases hitting a four-month high on Friday.

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