Merkel reverses decision on Easter Covid measures

Berlin, Mar 24 (efe-epa).- Germany Chancellor Angela Merkel on Wednesday overturned a decision on a stricter national coronavirus lockdown over Easter, saying it was a “mistake.”

In an emergency videoconference, Merkel and the heads of the country’s 16 federal states agreed to reverse Tuesday’s decision to tighten an existing lockdown over the Easter period.

“This mistake is mine alone,” Merkel told reporters.

“I know that this entire process will trigger additional uncertainty. I deeply regret that and I ask all citizens for their forgiveness,” she said.

The measures that drew criticism had stipulated shutting down all shops apart from grocery stores, pharmacies and gas stations during the holiday weekend between April 1 and 5.

Merkel stressed that the “idea of ??an Easter shutdown was conceived with the best of intentions,” with the aim to reverse the third wave of the Covid-19 pandemic.

However, Merkel was convinced her country would defeat the virus, but warned the road was “hard and rocky.”

Lockdown measures have left almost all shops in Germany shut since December 16, while restaurants and bars have been closed since early November.

Earlier this month, the country allowed hairdressers, florists and hardware stores to reopen for business in some areas.

Since the start of the pandemic, Germany has recorded 2,692,618 coronavirus cases and 75,761 deaths.EFE

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