JUST-In: German league football ordered back behind closed doors

 

Chancellor Angela Merkel’s government on Wednesday ordered Bundesliga football and all professional sport in Germany back behind closed doors as part of a string of measures to curb record-high numbers of the coronavirus.

The “tough” and “country-wide” measures are intended to limit contact as much as possible and stem the rapid spread of the virus, the chancellor said at a press conference, adding that schools and nurseries would remain open.

“We must act, and now, to avoid an acute national health emergency,” she said, adding: “If infections continue at this rate, we will be at the limits of the capacities of our health system.”

The new measures came as the country’s new infections went over a threshold of 50 per 100,000 inhabitants in one week, the government said.

The federal government and the country’s 16 state premiers have decided to close restaurants and pubs throughout November, along with cinemas, trade fairs, theatres and fitness centres.

 

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The latest measures come into effect from November 2 until the end of the month after Germany announced a record high Wednesday of 14 964 new cases in the last 24 hours.

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