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Merkel: Coronavirus is continuing to spread in our country with alarming speed

German chancellor Angela Merkel held on Sunday discussions with the Minister-Presidents of the Länder. They discussed the impact that earlier adopted counter-measures.

Angela Merkel outline the important steps that government and people follow:”We do not yet have a vaccine or any medicine, so our counter-measures are exclusively focused, firstly, on the efforts that we are taking to prepare our healthcare system, above all our hospitals, for the anticipated continued rise in the number of cases and, secondly, on our own behaviour. This is currently the most effective means that we have at our disposal. This involves powering down public life as much as we possibly can and reducing to a minimum possible encounters between people in the course of which the virus could be passed from person to person. As you know, the Federation and the Länder reached agreement on radical measures to this end on Monday. We agreed that we would take stock of those measures this weekend. By doing this, we are showing that we care for the elderly and for people with previous medical conditions. After all, the virus would do the most harm to them. In a nutshell, this is how we can save lives.”

German chancellor noted about the extended guidelines that the Federation and the Länder have agreed and outlined the additional guidelines:

One. Members of the public are required to reduce their contact with people other than the members of their own household to an absolute minimum.

Two. In public, as far as possible, they must keep a distance of at least 1.5 metres, preferably two metres, from all those other than those mentioned in point number one.

Three. Visiting public places is only permitted alone, with one other person who does not live in your household, or when accompanied by the members of your own household.

Four. Travel to work or to provide emergency care, shopping for essentials, doctors’ appointments, attendance of meetings, necessary appointments and examinations, assistance for others or sport and exercise individually out of doors, as well as other necessary activities will, of course, still be possible.

Five. Groups meeting for parties in public areas, homes and private institutions are unacceptable in view of the serious situation in our country. Compliance with social distancing is to be monitored by the authorities responsible for public order and the police, and violations will be penalised.

Six. Restaurants and cafés are to be closed. This does not include the delivery and collection of food that can be taken away and consumed at home.

Seven. Service providers in the personal care sector such as hairdressers, cosmetics studios, massage salons, tattoo parlours and similar establishments are to be closed, because physical proximity is unavoidable in these professions, and this is not in line with the guidelines we have put in place for ourselves. Necessary medical treatments will still be permitted.

Eight. It is important that all enterprises, particularly those open to the public, adhere to the hygiene regulations and implement effective protective measures for staff and visitors.

Nine. These measures will apply for at least two weeks.

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