Germany news: Merkel struggling to control covid despite world heralding Berlin's plans

And there has been some support for the Chancellor’s plans.

Vice-Chancellor Olaf Scholz, a member of the centre-left Social Democrats (SPD) and also Germany’s finance minister, said, “Everything suggests that the current restrictions [on interpersonal contacts] must be extended for a while beyond November 30.”

While Bavaria’s premier Markus Söder warned the public “must look the truth in the eye. It is simply not enough yet”.

Andrew Ewing, a professor of chemistry and molecular biology at Gothenburg University who has been heavily critical of Ms Merkel’s response to the pandemic, said: “Obviously these [recommendations] should have come earlier.

“But they do not go far enough. They are nowhere near as tight as in the UK.”

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