Chancellor Angela Merkel has defended the decision to extend and tighten Germany's national lockdown. Merkel says too many people are still dying – but insists measures to bring down the number of cases are now paying off.
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March looks set to be a pivotal month as some European nations try to counter coronavirus fatigue by reopening certain business sectors. While it’s good news for some, others are facing even harsher regulations.
The chancellor reportedly told a closed-door meeting of conservative lawmakers that Germany is already in a "third wave," and warned against a hasty reopening.
Many people fear mutations and a third wave, but COVID-19 infection rates are falling worldwide. Is the virus losing steam or are health measures finally having an effect?
Germans have started to feel worn-out by the coronavirus lockdown. Psychiatrists and psychologists have warned that a further extension could have severe long-term effects on society and mental health.
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