Germany to extend social restrictions till later

German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s chief of staff, Helge Braun said on Thursday that the social distancing restrictions in Germany, are likely to be extended by at least another week.

The coronavirus prevention measures were set to expire this weekend but plans have changed to May 10.

Helge Braun’s comments came hours before Merkel was due to hold talks with the premiers of Germany’s 16 federal states on the country’s coronavirus response.

Braun said a broader discussion about any further easing of restrictions would take place on May 6.

Merkel has previously noted that only then will the country be able to assess the impact of the first round of easing, which saw small and medium-sized shops reopen from last week.

Germany currently has more than 160,000 confirmed coronavirus cases of infection, over 124,000 recoveries, and 6,467 deaths.

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