Europe struggles, life threatening Covid, Liberty, Economy. German economy hit hard and abrupt lockdown strikes fresh blow to life and economy.
German, Poland asked natives to celebrate Chirstmas at home.Outing remain restricted upto 10 Jan 2021.
Germany shuttering non-essential retailers until at least Jan. 10 and encouraging schools to extend holiday breaks.
Companies from engineering giant Siemens AG to carmaker Volkswagen AG were asked to check whether they can close sites or have employees work from home.
Angela Merkel announces German national lockdown Wednesday until Jan 10th, the daily record 952 deaths as Germany enters fresh lockdown from Wednesday.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel has announced new national lockdown measures until the 10th of January. A maximum of five people from two households can meet. There will be an exception between the 24th-26th, but not New Year’s Eve.
Restaurants, bars and leisure centres have been shut since November and some areas of the country had imposed their own lockdowns.
EU vaccine regulator the approval for the BioNTech-Pfizer vaccine will be brought ahead following pressure from German Health Minister Jens Spahn meaning that Germany could begin immunizing people as early as December 29.
Germany also recorded 27,728 new infections as the country entered a stricter lockdownwhich closed schools and most shops nationwide.
The total number of deaths from coronavirus-related problems reached 23,427. The total number of infections reported by the Robert Koch Institute (RKI) since the beginning of the pandemic stands at 1,379,238, with just over 1 million of those since registered as having recovered.
Relief to essential Serices Grocery stores, weekly markets. Pick-up and delivery services, Shops selling drinks, health foods, baby-related goods, medical supplies, and pet and animal supplies, Chemists, pharmacies, and drug stores, Opticians and hearing care services. Gas stations, Banks, Post offices, Laundromats, Newspaper stands, Christmas tree vendors, Wholesalers.
Bookstores may also remain partially open, depending on the state, for “click-and-collect” services.
Economists are already slashing forecasts, with Commerzbank now seeing a fourth-quarter drop of 1 per cent compared with the third quarter and Berenberg Bank predicting a contraction of 1.8 per cent.
Germany is providing about 30 billion euros (US$36 billion) in emergency relief for businesses in November and December.
The federal government estimates the hard lockdown will cost it around 11 billion euros a month.