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Germany to gradually ease virus measures from March 8 - Merkel

German Chancellor Angela Merkel told the press the government in Berlin will start lifting the country's virus curbs starting March 8.

The chancellor detailed the five-step plan for lifting restrictions proposed by the nation's premiers, going on to explain that the reopening largely depends on a seven-day incidence rate, which measures the number of people infected per 100,000. The federal regions will reopen fully if the rate drops below 50 but in the event the metric measure remains above the level of 100 for three consecutive days, an "emergency brake" will be pulled and stricter measures will be reintroduced.

As of Monday, hairdressers will be allowed to open for business and in-person classes are set to resume. Also starting March 8, five people from two different households will be permitted to meet, with children up to the age of 14 not counting towards the total. Additionally, if a stable and downward trend continues outdoor restaurants, theaters, operas and cinemas are set to reopen from March 22.

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