Angela Merkel demands more Covid restrictions in ill-tempered clash with regional leaders
TOPSHOT – German Chancellor Angela Merkel is taking her face off in Berlin during a press conference on the coronavirus in Berlin on 14 October 2020, with the heads of Germany's federal states.
-- Over the past few days Merkel has consistently expressed concern at the rise in infection and advised the nation not to dispel its progress early in holding numbers manageable.
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The latest controls on coronavirals accepted by regional representatives are said to be highly worried and to be inadequate and that Germany could be headed for 'disaster.'
It is the alarm that Germany and Italy have reported their largest regular increase since the beginning of the pandemic, two countries which seemed to have avoiding the worst of the second wave.
Ms. Merkel put the cameras on a brave face after German regional leaders stopped on Wednesday and agreed to introduce some stern new steps.
But behind closed doors, it was claimed that during a 6-hour marathon with German politicians from the 16 States she had lost her cool, telling them, "I am not satisfied."
Within Germany's federal structure, the state governments have the ultimate word about lockout steps and Mrs Merkel is unable to overrule them.
Regional leaders agreed on new restrictions in areas where infection rates are higher than safety limits, including an 11 p.m. restaurant and pub curfew, a limit of ten meetings and compulsory outdoor use of facettes in crowdered areas.
In Berlin , Germany, on Wednesday 14 Oct. 2020, two police search the curfew in Friedrichshain Neighbourhoods.
Chancellor Angela Merkel and the governments of the 16 states of Germany agreed on Wednesday to tighten the rules for mask-wear and to make bars early in the areas in which there are high rates of infection with coronaviruses.
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They also advised that if the outbreak incidence does not start declining in the next 10 days, Germany would have to implement even more stringent measures.
But they opposed Mrs Merkel's pressure to ban domestic travel inside Germany instantly.
A ban on hotel or holiday accommodations for people from areas where the infection rate is high is agreed by many states, but several key countries, such as Berlin and North Rhine-Westphalia, are refusing the ban, which argues will be devastating for the tourism economy.
Regional officials have decided to delay a definitive vote until next month.
The divisions have occurred since Germany registered its largest regular infection increase since the pandemic began, with 6,638 on Wednesdays.
The experts warned that the figures could not be compared with those of the first wave, and said that the surge could be tested as a result of a temporary absence of supplies in several laboratories.
But in a nation that until recently thought it had escaped from the second wave which now seizes everything in Europe, this increase will trigger concern.
A drive-through at San Paolo Hospital in Milan, Italy will carry you test for COVID-19 on Thursday, October 15, 2020.
The pandemic first took root in Europe, renewing the burden on hospitals and healthcare staff in the field of Northern Italy, has again been on the rise.
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Politicians in Germany speak freely of the need now to take measures to avert a Christmas lock-down.
But virologists are alert of a Christmas lockout in Italy, another nation which seems to have escaped the worst of the 2nd wave.
The Italian pandemic started Wednesday, with a total of 7,000 infection casualties, but fatalities remain much smaller than in March, with a record amount of studies coinciding experts warning that the surge will occur.
"We should reinstate the device, minimize virus spread and improve the touch tracing at Christmas, I hope," said the leading Italian virologist Andrea Crisanti.
"The way it is now saturated... the capacity to monitor touch and render swabs has improved as cases have gone through a wicked circuit which drives the virus' transmission up." "
"If the rates of illnesses and the number of patients in the clinics and in intensive healthcare begin to increase, we will again face difficulties," said the Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte.