- Angela Merkel today backed regional leaders’ calls for short, sharp lockdown
- Comes amid third wave with Germany battling average of 15,000 cases per day
- ‘Every call for a short, uniform lockdown is right,’ Merkel’s spokeswoman said
- She added that the country was struggling with rising numbers of ICU patients
Angela Merkel has called for a ‘short national lockdown‘ to curb Germany‘s coronavirus crisis just two weeks after she apologised for suggesting a five-day Easter shutdown.
The country is struggling to tackle a third wave of the pandemic and has recorded an average of 15,000 cases every day for the last week – the fifth highest infection rate in Europe.
Chancellor Merkel’s spokeswoman today announced her boss was backing calls from several federal leaders for a short, sharp lockdown as the country tries to vaccinate as many people as it can.
It comes a fortnight after Merkel made a humiliating apology for the ‘mistake’ of trying to impose a five-day Easter lockdown.