German Chancellor Angela Merkel.
PHOTO BY KAY NIETFELD
BERLIN – Germany is going on partial lockdown after the country on Thursday (October 29) logged a new record in daily Covid-19 cases with 16,774 cases in the last 24 hours.
The death toll also rose from 89 to 10,272, according to data from the Robert Koch Institute for infectious diseases on Thursday.
In a speech to lawmakers, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said the current rate of infection poses a massive threat to the country’s health system.
“Lies, disinformation and conspiracy theories not only damage democratic debate, but also the fight against the virus,” Merkel said, criticizing conspiracy theories surrounding the virus.
She urged lawmakers and the public to believe in facts, adding that “human lives depend on it.”
“Freedom isn’t being able to do whatever you want,” she said. “Freedom is taking responsibility.”
Health officials have said that an estimated 75 percent of cases can no longer be traced, making it difficult to contain the spread of coronavirus in the country.
Germany’s partial lockdown, which will be imposed from Monday until the end of November, calls for stricter social distancing measures and limits public gatherings.
Bars, restaurants, fitness studios, cultural and sports facilities and movie theaters will close. Schools and daycare centers will largely remain open.
Outdoor gatherings will be limited to two households with a maximum of 10 people. EGEM/Expat Media
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