Chancellor Angela Merkel of Germany announced on Tuesday that the country would extend the nationwide lockdown until the end of January amid the surge of coronavirus cases and the fear that the more contagious variant of the virus could spread.
Chancellor Angela Merkel of Germany, who is expected to leave office in 2021, used her last New Year’s Eve speech to address the coronavirus pandemic and deliver a message of hope.
An address that would usually cover a sweeping range of topics instead focuses solely on the pandemic, which has upended both Angela Merkel’s last year in office and life in Germany as whole.
Stores and schools will be closed, and public and private meetings will be restricted over the holidays, in an effort to bring down coronavirus infections and deaths.
Chancellor Angela Merkel called for stricter lockdown restrictions Wednesday and urged Germans to avoid holiday activities as the number of cases continues to rise.