German Chancellor Angela Merkel favours a short, nationwide lockdown for Germany to fight the pandemic, a spokesperson says.
The country has seen various forms of shutdown over the winter but is struggling to bring cases of infection under control. Under its federal system, each of the 16 states can ultimately decide its own rules.
This variety of rules “is not contributing to security and acceptance at the moment”, spokesperson Ulrike Demmer told reporters, and the health system “is under intense pressure”.
The number of free intensive care beds in the country has fallen to the lowest level since the beginning of the pandemic, German magazine Focus reports.
Germany, which has the largest economy and biggest population in the EU, has recorded nearly 77,500 deaths from Covid-19 and nearly 2.9 million cases of infection, according to Johns Hopkins University.
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