Germany enters partial shutdown

Berlin, November 2

Germany became the latest European country to embark on a partial shutdown on Monday as the authorities across Europe scramble to flatten a rapid rise in Covid cases that threaten to overwhelm their healthcare systems.

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In parts of Europe, the new restrictions — which vary in strictness — are prompting protests by people frustrated at once again having to forgo freedom. And the prospect of a second month-long lockdown is causing discontent even in Britain’s governing party, which is proposing the measure.

In Germany, restaurants, bars, theaters, cinemas, gyms and other leisure facilities closed again on Monday in a four-week “wave-breaker” shutdown that seeks to force daily new infections back to manageable levels. Germans have been asked not to travel and hotels are barred from accommodating tourists.

German officials say they can’t trace the source of three-quarters of new Covid cases. Health Minister Jens Spahn, who himself caught the virus, says he doesn’t know how he was infected. — AP

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