LOCAL authorities in Germany are reintroducing lockdown measures just days after lifting them, after reports appear to support the notion that a recent spike in Coronavirus cases is a direct result of the lifting by Angela Merkel.
Germany has 16 federal states, with the power to relax restrictions. Many have begun reversing or delaying the loosening of restrictions, and all have now agreed to reimpose lockdown completely if the concerning new cases hit 50 per 100,000 people over seven days.
The regional government in North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany’s most populated state, has also recorded a spike in coronavirus cases after 150 of 1,200 employees tested positive at a slaughterhouse in Coesfeld.
The regional government has now postponed reopening restaurants, tourist spots, fitness studios and larger shops which was supposed to happen on May 11.
Reopening schools and daycare centers is – rather worryingly – set to still go ahead as planned.
The news comes as the British government is set to follow the trend of the Trump administration and announce the removal of certain restrictions – although the government has since confirmed that Brits should expect any changes to the current lockdown rules to be ‘minor’.