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    Germany cancels Easter confinement plans

    German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Wednesday called off plans to enact collective confinement during Easter to curb the spread of the coronavirus, apologizing for the confusion the issue had created and acknowledging it was a mistake.

    Merkel announced the decision shortly after hastily convening a meeting with Germany’s 16 regional governors, who have responsibility for imposing or lifting restrictions. That same group had announced severe restrictions for Easter, which had been announced Tuesday morning.

    The plan called for declaring Thursday of next week a day of rest on which all businesses would remain closed, and allowing supermarkets to open only on Saturday. Since Friday and Monday are already holidays, this would create a five-day pause in social and economic activity, on top of the already existing restrictions that have been extended until April 18.

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    The plan had drawn criticism for the lack of logistical details and for the lack of public debate on the issue before it was announced early Tuesday morning after consultations among politicians.

    “The idea of a collective confinement for Easter had the best intentions because we must urgently slow down and even reverse the third wave of the pandemic” Merkel said.

    “However, the idea was a mistake. There were good reasons for it but there was no way to implement it effectively at this time.

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    This mistake is entirely my mistake. A mistake should be called what it is, a mistake, but the most important thing of all is to correct it and, if possible, to correct it in time” she said.

    At the same time I am of course aware that this causes more uncertainty among the citizens, and I am very sorry for that and I apologize to all of you” Merkel said.

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    Jacob Anderson
    Jacob Anderson
    Jacob Anderson is Journalist and Political Analysis of Awutar. You can get him via: [email protected]


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