Germany's partial blockade measures could be extended until early spring if infections are not controlled, Economy Minister Peter Altmaier said, according to "Reuters" this Saturday, 28 November.
"We have three to four long winter months ahead," recalled Peter Altmaier, stressing that "it is possible that restrictions will remain in the first months of 2021". The German Economy Minister also explained that it was not possible to reduce the restrictions, as there were "incidents of more than 50 infections per 100.000 inhabitants in large parts of Germany".
For his part, Chancellor Angela Merkel agreed with the leaders of Germany's 16 federal states on Wednesday to extend and tighten measures against Covid-19 until at least December 20.
Germany imposed some restrictions in early November, which led to the closure of bars and restaurants, but allowed schools and shops to remain open. The measures stopped the exponential growth of cases, but infections stabilized at a high level.
This Saturday, 21.695 new cases of coronavirus in Germany were confirmed, data from the Robert Koch Institute (RKI) for infectious diseases, bringing the total number of cases since the beginning of the pandemic to 1.028.089.