Germany will re-open EVERY shop and school and restart Bundesliga before end of MAY, Angela Merkel-approved plan reveals – The Sun

GERMANY is set to re-open every shop and school and restart the Bundesliga before the end of May, according to a draft plan.

The country has fared better than many of its European neighbours in the battle against coronavirus after an aggressive policy of mass testing.

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Germany has seen 6,993 deaths – compared to Spain and France which have both seen more than 25,000, and the UK and Italy which have seen around 30,000 each.

It has already started lifting its lockdown, allowing some shops to open again two weeks ago before sending some kids back to school this week.

And Germany is now set to ease restrictions even further, according to a draft document prepared for a telephone conference Chancellor Angela Merkel is to hold with state premiers today.

Germany's federal government and 16 states have agreed all shops and some sports can restart under certain conditions, the paper reveals.

The move could see the Bundesliga – Germany’s professional football league – return by the end of the month.


Some German states want it to kick off again on May 15 and two people familiar with the preparations told Reuters it is probably set to be given the green light to restart then.

But the restart must be preceded by two weeks of quarantine, possibly as a training camp, the document says.

Schools will also gradually open for all pupils, while states will be left to decide for themselves on reopening restaurants, hotels and gyms.

Based on infection levels, state governments will also choose how and when to reopen universities, bars, trade fairs, cosmetic studios, brothels, theatres, cinemas and discos.

The return of some freedoms have led to fears Germany could see a second wave of coronavirus cases which could see restrictions brought back.

But the rate of new infections continues to plunge, the government-funded Robert Koch Institute (RKI) announced yesterday.

The reproduction number, or “R” — the average number of people each person with the virus infects — is close to its lowest recorded level, at 0.71.

Prof Lothar Wieler, the head of the RKI said: “The rate of transmitted infections continues to fall. This is very good news.”

The figures are the first to include reliable data on new infections since Germany began to lift its lockdown two weeks ago, the Telegraph reports.

New infections take time to develop, with many people not showing any symptoms for up to a fortnight, so there’s a lag of 10-14 days before they are reflected in the figures, scientists say.

Germany has withstood the pandemic much better than the US, Britain and Italy, partly thanks to widespread virus testing, an excellent healthcare system and strict lockdown measures introduced early in mid-March.

The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Germany has increased by 947 to 164,807 – keeping it below 1,000 since May 1.

The reported death toll also rose by 165 to 6,996.

The daily increase has stayed below 200 since April 23.


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