German Chancellor, Angela Merkel
Germany’s central government tried to reassert its authority in combatting the coronavirus pandemic on Tuesday by agreeing on a set of national measures – including night-time curfews – to stem a third wave of infections sweeping the country.
Chancellor Angela Merkel welcomed the “important, urgent” decision by her Cabinet to approve the legislation, which would take precedence over state-level measures if local coronavirus infection numbers rise too high.
After several weeks in which government policy has looked confused – including the last-minute scrapping of an Easter lockdown – Merkel and other political leaders had pushed for a streamlined set of rules at the federal level.
The measures agreed by the Cabinet on Tuesday will amend the country’s current pandemic legislation, and – if approved by parliament – will mean many parts of the country will go straight into a stricter lockdown.