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German cabinet adopts COVID 'emergency brake'

The German Federal Cabinet decided to amend the Infection Protection Act and introduce a so-called "federal emergency brake" in an effort to curb the spread of the coronavirus, several news agencies reported on Tuesday.

Under the new rules, regions with a seven-day incidence rate of over 100, or where there are more than 100 new COVID infections per 100,00 people, will have to introduce restrictions according to federal guidelines. Among other things, curfews will be introduced between 9 pm and 5 am in those regions and people will only be allowed to meet one person outside their household. The changes to the Infection Protection Act are expected to be approved by the Bundestag and Bundesrat in an accelerated procedure.

On Monday, media reported that German states agreed to extend the coronavirus lockdown until May 9.

Breaking the News / NP