World German governors, Merkel to discuss virus outbreak
German State Closes Christmas Markets, Hospitals Consider Rationing Care As COVID Spikes
"All of Germany is one big outbreak," said the head of Germany's disease control agency.Bavaria has announced this year's Christmas markets have been canceled due to concerns regarding virus transmission, the Associated Press reports. Bars and clubs in the state will also be closed for three weeks. Governor Markus Soeder said in a press conference that regions with more than 1,000 new cases per 100,000 inhabitants per week would face stricter restrictions.
BERLIN (AP) — Chancellor Angela Merkel will hold talks Tuesday with the governors of Germany's 16 states amid growing concern about the steep rise in newcases in the country.
Merkel's office confirmed Monday that the outgoing chancellor would have a video call with governors to discuss the outbreak, but declined immediately to provide details including whether any decisions would be made.
Germany's highest court is due to decide Tuesday on complaints filed against nationwide restrictions to curb coronavirus infections that were imposed earlier this year under federal “emergency brake” rules. The ruling could provide officials with guidance on the legality of any new measures.
Merkel and the corona measures: Save what to save
The legislative package with Corona measures of the SPD, Greens and FDP holds Angela Merkel wrong. That's why she discussed with the traffic light tips in the Chancellery. Your time is finally over. © Michele Tantussi / Getty Images Angela Merkel invited one and the tops of traffic lights in-law broke the coalition negotiations. What emerged is well known in the afternoon. Save what to save Angela Merkel had invited for 17.30.
Official figures showed 29,364 newly confirmed cases in the past 24 hours, and 73 deaths. Infection rates have been particularly high in eastern and southern parts of the country, with hospitals there already forced to transfer intensive care patients to other parts of Germany.
The governor of North Rhine-Westphalia state, Hendrik Wuest, said governors and federal officials shouldn't wait until the new government takes office next month before agreeing new, nationwide measures.
Germany announced its new coalition government, heralding the end of Angela Merkel's 16 years as chancellor
Merkel has led Germany since 2005. She became known as Europe's de facto leader and the world's most powerful woman.The country's next government announced on Wednesday that Olaf Scholz, Germany's finance minister and vice chancellor, will take over from Merkel as chancellor.
He called for common rules on reducing social contacts, financial help for companies affected by further restrictions and preparations for a possible vaccine mandate.
While Germany has had fewer deaths from COVID-19 per capita than some of its European peers — such as Britain, France and Italy — the country's federal system has regularly slowed the decision-making process and resulted in a patchwork of different rules in each state.
Germany's Team Scholz sweeps away 16 years of Merkel
The new centre-left coalition with Greens and liberals is planning big changes at home and abroad.Her imminent departure has been reported on for months, in the lead-up to Germany's September general election and ever since. Yet Mrs Merkel kept popping up this autumn at press conferences in Berlin, the G20 meeting of world leaders in Rome, EU leaders summits and more.
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Scholz to take over from Merkel as German leader .
Olaf Scholz will be sworn in, leading a three-party coalition after 16 years of Merkel rule.The German parliament, where his coalition has a substantial majority, will first vote him into office