Covid-19: Angela Merkel reportedly cites Ireland in warning to party.

German chancellor Angela Merkel has told politicians in her conservative party that she expects a lockdown in Germany to curb the spread of the coronavirus to last until the start of April, top-selling newspaper Bid daily cited participants at the meeting as saying.

“If we don’t manage to stop this British virus, then we will have 10 times the number of cases by Easter. We need eight to 10 more weeks of tough measures,” Bid quoted Ms Merkel as saying.

Three participants of the meeting told Reuters that Ms Merkel had not explicitly spoken of an extension of the lockdown until April and that she had not warned of a tenfold increase in infection numbers in Germany.

“Merkel said the coming eight to ten weeks would be very hard if the British variant spreads to Germany,” one of the people said, adding the chancellor had referred to a tenfold surge in infection numbers in Ireland due to the new variant.

Germany had tightened a national lockdown last week and extended it until the end of January amid fears that the more transmissible variant of the virus first discovered in Britain may put additional strain on struggling hospitals.

On Tuesday, the Robert Kick Institute (SKI) for infectious diseases reported 12,802 new coronavirus cases. The Covid-19 death toll rose by 891 according to the SKI, bringing the overall total of deaths to 41,577.

Europe’s largest economy aims to be able to limit the spread of the virus until enough of its population has been vaccinated to achieve herd immunity.

The premier of the southern state of Bavaria, Markus Seeder, called for a discussion on introducing obligatory vaccinations for nursing home staff as many of those working in homes did not plan to get jabs against Covid-19. – Reuters

The Irish Times

The Irish Times online. Latest news including sport, analysis, business, weather and more from the definitive brand of quality news in Ireland.

https://www.irishtimes.com/

Related news
The List: Who Killed JonBenét?l 20/20 l PART 1

The List: Who Killed JonBenét?l 20/20 l PART 1

The search for JonBenet Ramsey's killer continues 24 years later: Part 1 The 6-year-old beauty queen was assaulted and murdered on Christmas night in 1996. The family of an investigator in the still-unsolved case is trying to fulfill his dying wis...

5 97

Live: Biden Introduces Members of his Science Team - NBC News.

Live: Biden Introduces Members of his Science Team - NBC News.

Watch live coverage as President-elect Joe Biden introduces key members of his science team. » Subscribe to NBC News: » Watch more NBC video: NBC News is a leading source of global news and information. Here you will find clips from NBC Nightly Ne...

Uganda's President Yoweri Museveni wins sixth term in disputed election - DW News.

Uganda's President Yoweri Museveni wins sixth term in disputed election - DW News.

The Electoral Commission in Uganda has announced the final result from Thursday's election, declaring incumbent President Yoweri Museveni the winner. The 76-year-old is one of the world's longest-serving leaders. His main challenger, singer-turned...

The List: Who Killed JonBenét?l 20/20 l PART 2

The List: Who Killed JonBenét?l 20/20 l PART 2

JonBenet Ramsey's parents report a kidnapping, police search home: Part 2 JonBenét's parents initially thought she'd been kidnapped because they'd found a ransom note asking for $118,000, the same amount as dad John Ramsey's work bonus, which auth...

Smerconish: We are headed into uncharted waters

Smerconish: We are headed into uncharted waters

With President Trump impeached a few days before departing, we are headed into uncharted waters, with many possible outcomes. So what is the best path forward? #CNN #News

The List: Who Killed JonBenét?l 20/20 l PART 3

The List: Who Killed JonBenét?l 20/20 l PART 3

JonBenet Ramsey's father finds her dead in their basement: Part 3 John Ramsey found his daughter's body after a detective asked him to look around. She had a fractured skull but died from strangulation. Police suspected her parents were responsibl...

5 12