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Coronavirus: Majority of Germans against lifting restrictions

Most Germans are against lifting the restrictions on movement in force to curb the spread of coronavirus.

A survey by the opinion research institute YouGov on behalf of the German Press Agency DPA shows that 44 per cent of Germans approve the extension of the measures beyond April 19. At least 12 per cent of Germans are even in favour of tightening the restrictions.

The survey also reveals that only 32 per cent of Germans support the relaxation of the coronavirus lockdown measures while 8 per cent would like them removed. Five per cent of the respondents did not give any details.

German authorities approved comprehensive restrictions on freedom of movement on March 22. The measures, initially meant to last for two weeks, were extended until April 19.

One of the measures imposed by German authorities is banning gatherings of more than 2 persons (with the exception of families and household members) in all German states. Restaurants and businesses concerned with body care have also closed.

The YouGov survey shows a high level of compliance with the restrictions. Of those surveyed, 78 per cent said they comply with them in full, 18 per cent only partially and 2 per cent not at all.

On Wednesday Chancellor Angela Merkel is set to discuss with state governments and decide on whether to lift of prolong the coronavirus restrictions beyond April 19.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) has so far infected 120,479 and killed 2,673 people, a new report by the German disease and epidemic control center, Robert Koch Institute (RKI) shows. The report shows that the incidence (cases per 100,000) of COVID-19 is highest in Bavaria (247), Baden-Wuerttemberg (218), Saarland (208) and Hamburg (203).

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