Germany needs to extend and tighten the COVID-19 lockdown – Scholz | Instant News


BERLIN, January 18 (Reuters) – Germany must extend and tighten its lockdown measures to bring the infection rate down in the pandemic more quickly, Finance Minister Olaf Scholz said on Monday.

“I am considering expanding and appropriate measures to increase the effectiveness of (existing) measures as needed,” said Scholz, adding that stricter rules for working from home should be considered to reduce mobility and social contact.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel and 16 state prime ministers are expected to discuss further restrictions on Tuesday to slow the spread of a new, more contagious variant of the coronavirus. (Reporting by Michael Nienaber; editing by Thomas Seythal)

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