“We are already in a phase of exponential growth, the daily numbers show that,” Angela added.
Merkel appealed to the country’s younger citizens, urging them to avoid parties for now so that they can enjoy life later. “We must call especially on young people to do without a few parties now in order to have a good life tomorrow or the day after,” she said.
“We’ve come a long way. But whether it’s enough remains to be seen,” said Bavarian state premier Markus Söder.
Merkel warned Germany was “already in a phase of exponential growth.” Rules on wearing face masks and on how many people can meet have been tightened.
Germany on Wednesday announced tougher new restrictions on public life as it enters a “decisive” stage in its efforts to combat a surge in coronavirus infections.
The federal and state governments have agreed on “considerable restrictions” on contact between citizens in view of the increasing number of COVID-19 cases.
The measures, which include limits on the number of people at private gatherings and a curfew for bars and restaurants in areas deemed hotspots, were agreed following an eight-hour meeting between German Chancellor Angela Merkel and the country’s 16 state premiers.
“I am convinced that what we do now will be decisive for how we come through this pandemic,” Merkel said.