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muriel_volestrangler

(101,580 posts)
Wed Apr 15, 2020, 04:59 PM Apr 2020

Merkel announces plans to reopen schools and shops in Germany

Source: The Guardian

Conservative politicians vying for the leadership of Angela Merkel’s party argued over a timetable to exit the nationwide lockdown as the German chancellor announced plans to partially reopen schools and shops in the coming weeks.

Hailing latest figures indicating a slowing down of the infection rate as a “fragile intermediate success”, Merkel said on Wednesday evening that teaching at schools across the country would start again from 4 May, initially for students in their final years of primary or secondary school.

Hairdressing salons will also be allowed to reopen on 4 May if they take special steps to guarantee customers’ hygiene. Shops of up to 800 square metres in size, as well as bookshops, bike stores and car dealerships, will open again from this coming Monday.

Social distancing measures will remain in place until 3 May and large cultural events, such as concerts and beer festivals, will remain banned until the end of August.

Read more: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/apr/15/angela-merkel-announces-plans-reopen-schools-shops-germany-coronavirus-lockdown



https://www.worldometers.info/coronavirus/country/germany/

Germany has done extensive testing, so their 'cases' numbers are probably far more reliable than many countries, and they are now around 2,000 a day, compared with peaks over 6,000 a day about 2 weeks ago. Their deaths are still varying a lot, though - April 8 333, April 10 129, but April 14 back up to 301.
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Merkel announces plans to reopen schools and shops in Germany (Original Post) muriel_volestrangler Apr 2020 OP
This will only serve to DENVERPOPS Apr 2020 #1
Most will not read past the headline. But Germany is demanding steps that businesses riversedge Apr 2020 #10
hmmm...what's the plan to keep the curve flat with everyone out and about? progressoid Apr 2020 #2
Everything about Germany coronavirus -- Worldometers progree Apr 2020 #3
Yep squirecam Apr 2020 #5
Germany averages over 100,000 tests per day muriel_volestrangler Apr 2020 #8
You have to test more than that. squirecam Apr 2020 #9
Merkel will get the blame for a virus resurgence. That will happen, likely in June/July. Eyeball_Kid Apr 2020 #4
As she SHOULD! bluestarone Apr 2020 #7
It may work & I understand the reasoning behind it but I hope they understand that without reliable yaesu Apr 2020 #6

DENVERPOPS

(9,113 posts)
1. This will only serve to
Wed Apr 15, 2020, 05:09 PM
Apr 2020

help the Republicons to put pressure on Governor's across America, even though the difference between them and us is startling due to their quick action.....

riversedge

(70,965 posts)
10. Most will not read past the headline. But Germany is demanding steps that businesses
Thu Apr 16, 2020, 07:07 AM
Apr 2020

must take to reopen. etc. etc.

progree

(11,013 posts)
3. Everything about Germany coronavirus -- Worldometers
Wed Apr 15, 2020, 05:17 PM
Apr 2020
https://www.worldometers.info/coronavirus/country/germany/

Good trends except though a sudden big one day spike on daily new deaths on April 14 (the last day shown)

Active cases on the last day shown, April 14, 61k, is down from the 73k April 6 peak.

Daily new cases (2138 on April 14) is about 1/3 of what it was at the peak.

All in all, I think the numbers are still kind of high for planning opening up 3 weeks from now.

muriel_volestrangler

(101,580 posts)
8. Germany averages over 100,000 tests per day
Wed Apr 15, 2020, 06:08 PM
Apr 2020
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-52234061

If they can do 50 tests for each new case, they can do proper contact tracing. They may be able to stay ahead of the spread of the virus.

squirecam

(2,706 posts)
9. You have to test more than that.
Wed Apr 15, 2020, 09:41 PM
Apr 2020

Health care workers. Non symptomatic people using public transport. Just for starters.

Eyeball_Kid

(7,467 posts)
4. Merkel will get the blame for a virus resurgence. That will happen, likely in June/July.
Wed Apr 15, 2020, 05:23 PM
Apr 2020

Capitalists (they're not conservatives) will have their day, and deaths will increase. Capitalism doesn't flinch when deaths increase.

yaesu

(8,020 posts)
6. It may work & I understand the reasoning behind it but I hope they understand that without reliable
Wed Apr 15, 2020, 05:50 PM
Apr 2020

vaccines in place its pretty much Russian roulette at this stage.

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