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Merkel: Since the Second World War, there has not been a challenge to our country that requires so much of our joint solidarity

Angela Merkel addresses to the public:”It is serious. Since German reunification, no, since the Second World War, there has not been a challenge to our country that depends so much on our joint solidarity.

The virus is changing life in Germany dramatically, the Chancellor continued: “Millions of you cannot go to work, your children cannot go to school or to daycare, theatres and cinemas and shops are closed, and, perhaps the hardest thing: we all miss the social contacts that are otherwise taken for granted. Of course, in a situation like this, each of us has questions and worries about how things will go on.

The Chancellor explained the next step: “The point is to slow down the virus on its way through Germany. And in doing so, we have to rely on one thing, which is crucial: to shut down public life as much as possible. With common sense and a sense of fairness, of course, because the state will continue to operate, the supply will of course continue to be secured and we want to protect as much economic activity as possible”.