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Wed Apr 15, 2020, 04:59 PM Apr 2020

Merkel announces plans to reopen schools and shops in Germany [View all]

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


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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