The German government and therefore the 16 federal states have agreed to increase the lockdown until Jan. 31 to curb the spread of the coronavirus pandemic, Bild reported on Monday without giving a source.
Germany was more successful than many European countries keep the coronavirus in check within the first wave within the spring but that changed with the second wave.It imposed a second hard lockdown on Dec. 16, closing schools, shops and restaurants after a partial lockdown introduced early November didn't bring the hoped-for reduction in new infections.
The number of confirmed coronavirus cases increased by 9,847 to 1,775,513 during a day, data from the Koch Institute (RKI) for infectious diseases showed on Monday.The reported rose by 302 to 34,574. Germany averaged 140 new infections per 100,000 people over the past seven days.
Chancellor Angela Merkel and therefore the state premiers are scheduled to debate a possible extension of measures beyond Jan. 10 on Tuesday.“All but two federal states support January 31,” a government source told Reuters. “However, the formal decision are going to be made on Tuesday.”