Chancellor Merkel and the leaders of Germany's states have agreed to tighten nationwide coronavirus measures because infection rates remain high. Surveys show many Germans support such moves, but in political circles, Merkel faces hurdles.
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Chancellor Angela Merkel said there were reasons for optimism at this "difficult stage of the pandemic," but she stressed that Germany must work with the EU to prevent the spread of new coronavirus variants.
The EU is considering imposing more travel restrictions to try and curb the coronavirus. Even more? This is taking action just so you're seen to be doing something, says DW's Bernd Riegert.
Germany's leaders are expected to extend an ongoing lockdown, as current restrictions are set to expire at the end of the month. The meeting will take place just hours after a new strain was identified in Bavaria.
A traveler who arrived in Frankfurt from Brazil has tested positive for the new COVID variant identified there, reportedly with no symptoms. Germany's COVID-related death toll has reached 50,000. All the latest here.
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