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World Merkel reinforces appeal to reduce contacts as German infections rise

13:26  24 october  2020
13:26  24 october  2020 Source:   reuters.com

Merkel urges Germans to reduce contacts and travel to curb coronavirus

  Merkel urges Germans to reduce contacts and travel to curb coronavirus Merkel urges Germans to reduce contacts and travel to curb coronavirus"We have to do everything to prevent the virus from spreading out of control. Every day counts," Merkel said in her weekly video podcast.

Chancellor Angela Merkel urged Germans to curb social contacts and keep travel to a minimum on Saturday after The death toll rose by 33 to 9,767. "We have to go further," Merkel said. Merkel 's appeal came as President Frank-Walter Steinmeier went into quarantine after a bodyguard tested

Chancellor Angela Merkel urged Germans on Saturday to curb social contacts and keep travel to a minimum The death toll rose by 33 to 9,767. “We have to go further,” Merkel said. Merkel ’s appeal came as President Frank-Walter Steinmeier went into quarantine after a bodyguard tested

FRANKFURT (Reuters) - Chancellor Angela Merkel on Saturday reinforced a message to Germans to curb social contacts and keep travel to a minimum as coronavirus infections continued to rise.

a person wearing a mask: Weekly German cabinet meeting © Reuters/POOL Weekly German cabinet meeting

Instead of posting a new instalment of her weekly video podcast, Merkel said last week's message was even more pertinent and urgent.

If Germans reduce contacts "we will all together meet the massive challenge that this virus poses," she said in a statement.

While Germany has not been hit as hard by the virus as most other European nations, daily infections in the country are on the rise and surpassed 10,000 for the first time this week. The total number of deaths exceeded 10,000 on Saturday.

In a bid to quell the rise in infections, Germany has warned against trips to ski regions in Austria, Italy and Switzerland.

On Wednesday, German Health Minister Jens Spahn became the latest prominent politician to test positive for the virus.

(Reporting by Ludwig Burger; Editing by Mike Harrison)

Merkel Says Germany’s Covid-19 Pushes Hospitals to Limits .
Chancellor Angela Merkel defended her decision to once again severely limit movement in Germany, saying the country is in a “dramatic situation” as the rapid spread of the coronavirus stretches health-care services to their limit. © POOL/AFP via Getty Images Angela Merkel secured an agreement on Wednesday with leaders of the country’s 16 states to impose a month-long partial shutdown, starting Monday. Authorities are no longer able to track infections back to their source and that leads to an exponential growth in infections, which must be stopped, Merkel told lawmakers in the German parliament on Thursday.

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