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German COVID curbs are likely to continue in January: Merkel | Instant News

BERLIN (Reuters) – Restrictive measures designed to slow the spread of the coronavirus in Germany will be in place until at least the end of December and possibly longer, Chancellor Angela Merkel told parliament on Thursday.

“Given the high infection rate, we assume that the restrictions imposed before Christmas will continue until early January, of course for most of Germany,” Merkel said.

“Unfortunately, we have to say that we cannot promise concessions for Christmas and New Year,” he added.

Reporting by Thomas Seythal; Written by Joseph Nasr; Edited by Thomas Escritt


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Merkel says Germany cannot provide COVID-19 economic assistance during winter – Bild | Instant News

BERLIN, November 25 (Reuters) – Germany will not be able to maintain its financial lifeline for businesses forced to shut down by the coronavirus pandemic throughout the winter, Chancellor Angela Merkel told state leaders on Wednesday, Bild newspaper reported.

The government expects economic assistance for businesses to amount to 10-15 billion euros ($ 12-18 billion) in November and sources estimate the additional costs for December could be around 15-20 billion euros. ($ 1 = 0.8401 euros) (Reported by Joseph Nasr; Editing by Maria Sheahan)


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Four British countries will relax their COVID-19 restrictions to save Christmas | Instant News

LONDON (Reuters) – Four countries in the UK have agreed to relax restrictions on COVID-19 on Christmas Day to allow three households to meet at home for five days.

England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland have taken different approaches to dealing with the pandemic so far, but leaders of devolved countries reached an agreement with London on Tuesday on rules governing the celebratory period.

Three households will be able to form a “Christmas bubble”, allowing them to meet at homes, places of worship and in outdoor public places but not at indoor hospitality or entertainment venues from December 23 to December 27 as planned.

“People want to be with their loved ones and those close to them for the most important holiday of the year,” said senior minister Michael Gove on Tuesday.

Travel restrictions will also be removed so people can meet up, with additional days on both sides for those going to and from Northern Ireland.

The UK’s national lockdown expires next week, after which parts of the country will face various restrictions as part of a tiered system announced by Prime Minister Boris Johnson.

Decisions are expected this weekend on which areas will fall into the different categories.

Britain has one of the highest casualties from the coronavirus pandemic, hitting 55,838 deaths in the 28 days after testing positive, according to government data published on Tuesday.

“The virus is not going to stop, so please be careful,” said Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon. “If you can, stay at home with your own household.”

Additional reporting by William James; edited by Stephen Addison


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UK reports 15,450 new cases of COVID, seven-day average down 23% | Instant News

FILE PHOTOS: Medics with patients in Streatham, as the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) continues, London, UK, 2 April 2020. REUTERS / Hannah McKay

LONDON (Reuters) – The UK reported 15,450 new COVID-19 cases on Monday, bringing the total over the last seven days to 40,504, a 23% drop compared to the previous seven-day period.

Government data also showed 206 new deaths from COVID-19 were reported as of Monday. The seven-day total of 3,084 deaths was up 6%.

Great Britain has the highest number of deaths from the virus in Europe.

Reporting by Estelle Shirbon; edited by William James


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Edging toward normal, Australia is easing some of the COVID-19 control | Instant News

MELBOURNE (Reuters) – Australia moved one step closer to normal life on Sunday, opening some internal borders and easing restrictions in areas affected by COVID-19, as most countries have seen no new community infections or deaths for weeks.

South Australia, last week’s epicenter of infection, reported no new community cases and lifted its drastic lockdown earlier than planned, with the state’s prime minister saying swift action had averted disaster.

The number of active cases in the state stood at 37 after an outbreak linked to travelers returning from Britain forced 4,500 people to be quarantined.

“We have avoided a catastrophic situation in our state by following strict health advice,” Prime Minister Steven Marshall told a news conference.

Neighbors Victoria, which has been battling the pandemic for months and where 90% of Australia’s 907 coronavirus-related deaths have been recorded, relaxed its mask rules on Sunday, saying they were not required to go outside, and allowed larger public gatherings.

The state, home to some 6.4 million people, has had no new infections for 23 days, a win that comes after a 111-day lockdown that left people at home and most businesses closed.

New South Wales, the most populous state with a quarter of Australia’s 24 million people, reported no new community cases on Sunday for 15 consecutive days. The state will open its borders with Victoria on Monday.

There are 12 new cases reported across Australia among travelers in hotel quarantines. The country, which closed its outer borders early, restricted international arrivals and required a two-week hotel quarantine for arriving travelers.

With more than 27,800 cases, Australia has done better than most other developed countries in fighting COVID-19, thanks to its aggressive response. As of Sunday, there were an estimated 88 active cases across the country.

Reporting by Lidia Kelly; Edited by William Mallard


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