Merkel says lockdowns, curfews vital to break Germany's third wave

"Intensive care workers are sending one distress call after the other. Who are we to ignore their pleas?" Merkel says.


Reuters April 16, 2021
German Chancellor Angela Merkel holds a news conference at the end of a EU leaders summit in Brussels, Belgium, December 11, 2020. PHOTO: REUTERS

BERLIN:

German Chancellor Angela Merkel urged lawmakers on Friday to approve new powers that would allow her to force coronavirus lockdowns and curfews on areas with high infection rates, saying a majority of Germans were in favour of stricter measures.

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"The third wave of the pandemic has our country firmly in its grip," said Merkel, whose speech was interrupted by heckles from lawmakers of the far-right Alternative for Germany party opposed to lockdowns.

"Intensive care workers are sending one distress call after the other. Who are we to ignore their pleas?" Merkel said.

 

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Honey Bees | 1 month ago | Reply

The virus is the biggest scam in history... more people died in America in 2019 then 2020....But almost all of us has caught the COVID common cold and almost all deaths were blamed on COVID even people who died in car wreaks

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