April 16, 2020
Germany’s relatively low death rate from the coronavirus has been attributed to its fast response with testing and isolating — and Chancellor Angela Merkel’s just-announced strategy for eventually exiting the lockdown may offer a blueprint for other nations, according to reports.
After meeting Wednesday with the 16 state governors, Merkel described the control of the virus’ spread as a “fragile intermediate success” and announced the first steps in the lockdown exit strategy, according to Yahoo Finance.
Europe’s biggest economy plans to allow smaller stores to reopen next week after a weeks-long shutdown and to begin reopening schools in early May, but the country is keeping strict social-distancing rules in place for now.
Merkel said a ban on gatherings of more than two people in public and an obligation to keep at a five-foot distance from others will remain in effect after Sunday, when it was previously set to expire.