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Merkel's govt agrees law on curfews, tougher virus curbs

To Berlin more power to impose restrictions

13 aprile, 12:16
(ANSA-AFP) - BERLIN, APR 13 - The German government agreed Tuesday on controversial changes to a national infections control law, handing Berlin more power to impose tougher measures such as night-time curfews to halt the raging coronavirus pandemic. The adjusted law, which still needs to be approved by parliament, would allow Chancellor Angela Merkel's government to impose curfews from 9pm to 5am and close schools and businesses in areas with high infection rates. Private gatherings and sports will also be subject to tighter restrictions as Germany remains gripped by a dangerous third wave of the pandemic which is putting increased strain on the country's health system. The move aims to end a political tug-of-war between the federal government and powerful regions over coronavirus measures, with manoeuvring ahead of September elections adding to the tensions. Currently restrictions are decided on in consultation with Berlin and -- in theory -- implemented by the federal states. (ANSA-AFP).

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