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Merkel orders tough curbs to tame virus

Chancellor urged a "national effort"

28 October, 19:49
(ANSA-AFP) - BERLIN, 28 OTT - Germany on Wednesday ordered a new round of shutdowns for the cultural and leisure as well as food and drink sectors, in a bid to halt a surge in new coronavirus infections. The tough restrictions to come into force from Monday November 2 to the end of the month would limit contact outdoors to people from two households. Schools, daycare centres and shops will remain open, but hotel stays will be allowed only for "necessary and expressedly non-tourism purposes". Bars, cafes and restaurants must shut, although takeaways and delivery services can continue. Professional sports, including Bundesliga football, have also been pushed back behind closed doors. Theatres, operas and cinemas will also have to scrap their shows during what is traditionally their busiest season. Chancellor Angela Merkel acknowledged that the measures are "strict and arduous" but she urged a "national effort". At the the current rate of new infections, "we will reach the limits of the health system," she warned. (ANSA-AFP).

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