“Stay home”, Merkel asks the Germans to stop the spread of the virus

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German Chancellor Angela Merkel during the recent European summit held in Brussels, on October 16, 2020


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German Chancellor Angela Merkel during the recent European summit held in Brussels, on October 16, 2020


Chancellor Angela Merkel on Saturday called on Germans to limit their social life as much as possible and directly urged them to stay home at a time when the epidemic is spreading in the country.

“Forget the trips that are not necessary, the celebrations that are not essential. Stay at home, where you live, whenever possible,” said the chancellor, in her weekly podcast.

“What will happen in winter, what will happen at Christmas, will be decided in the days and weeks to come,” he warned.

Germany has registered 7,830 cases of coronavirus in 24 hours, a record for this country, which did not count such high figures even in the first wave of the pandemic, although at that time not many diagnostic tests were carried out.

Since the epidemic reached the country, 9,767 people have died, 33 of them on Friday.

Merkel has once again insisted on the need to respect the distance, wear a mask and ventilate closed spaces, but acknowledged it is necessary to “go a little further.”

“If we all now significantly reduce encounters outside the family nucleus for a certain period of time we can put a stop to and change the trend of this multiplication of infections,” he said.

The person in charge admitted that what she was asking for is “difficult”, but necessary in order not to saturate the hospitals, continue to keep the schools open and protect the economy and employment.

Limiting contacts “is the most effective tool we have right now to fight the pandemic. And today it is more necessary than ever,” he insisted.

The German government decreed new restrictions on Wednesday, including the night-time closure of bars and restaurants due to a certain number of infections, but the courts annulled this measure in some places, such as Berlin, considering it disproportionate.

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