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The German Ministry of the Interior wrote the steps, which include a list of steps that require masks to be worn in public, limits on public meetings and traces of the infection chain to control the spread of COVID-19 in the future, Reuters reported.
Documents seen by outlets on Monday assume the pandemic will last until 2021.
Germany has been locked since March 22. The order was set to expire on April 19, but German officials said it could be long before the lockdown was lowered.
Merkel told reporters on Monday at a news conference that it was too early to discuss the date for the end of the restrictions because “we are still living in a pandemic.”
“We will be a bad government if we are not intensive, day and night, consider how we can take steps to return to ordinary life while protecting health,” Merkel said, adding that he would be a bad chancellor if he set an immediate date for end the restrictions.
The draft plan says the steps will be enough to keep the average number of people infected by one person under one each time the country ends its lockdown.
While strict social distancing measures will still exist, shops will be allowed to reopen, along with schools in certain areas, and closure of the border will be relaxed. Private parties and other large events will remain banned, according to the new plan.
The document says a system already exists that allows officials to track more than 80 percent of people who have made contact with infected people within 24 hours after diagnosis. Infected people and those who have close contact with them will face quarantine at home or in the hotel.
The virus has made sick at least 100,132 people in Germany and killed 1,584 on Monday, according to data collected by Johns Hopkins University.
The German Robert Koch Institute for infectious diseases reported that 3,677 new cases on Monday were notoriously lower than 5,936 new infections on Sunday, marking the fourth successive decline in the daily rate of new cases.
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