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Germany Extends Lockdown Until January 24

Travelers wear face masks to protect against the spread of the coronavirus at the central station in Munich on Monday. Masks became mandatory in parts of Germany for people shopping and using public transport. (Courtesy photo NPR - for education only).

Travelers wear face masks to protect against the spread of the coronavirus at the central station in Munich on Monday. Masks became mandatory in parts of Germany for people shopping and using public transport. (Courtesy photo NPR – for education only).

(WEBPUBLICAPRESS) – DW News – German lawmakers have agreed to extend the current coronavirus lockdown until January 31, according to media reports. Official confirmation is expected on Tuesday.

The German government and the majority of Germany’s 16 federal states have agreed to extend lockdown measures until January 31 to curb the spread of the coronavirus pandemic, various German media reported on Monday.

The extension of the lockdown is expected to be officially announced on Tuesday following a meeting between Chancellor Angela Merkel and the 16 state premiers.

“All except two states support the end of January,” news agency Reuters reported, citing the negotiations team.

A proposal to keep day cares and schools closed has been a point of contention in negotiations between the states, the RND network of newspapers reported Monday evening.

Germany’s Ministry of Culture on Monday said reopening schools for face-to-face classes will only take place when lockdown measures are loosened, state broadcaster ARD reported.

Current restrictions not working

Tight restrictions keeping stores, schools and services closed have been in place across Germany since December 16, 2020. They are due to end on January 10. However, the continuing high incidence of new coronavirus cases and deaths has pressed leaders to extend the restrictions. German state leaders urge coronavirus lockdown extension

The current seven-day incidence, which measures how many people have been infected per 100,000, is 139.6, according to Germany’s public health body, the Robert Koch Institute.

This is far above the figure of 50 infections per 100,000 that the government has set for the possible lifting of restrictions.

State premiers disagree over length

State premiers had reportedly agreed that the current lockdown should be extended during a video conference on Saturday, according to reports in Germany’s Frankfurter Allgemeine newspaper.

But they were said to be split on the length of the extension. Premiers of the hardest-hit states were allegedly arguing for a three-week extension, while premiers of less-impacted states maintained a two-week extension was long enough.

wmr, kmm/rt (AFP, dpa, Reuters)

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