Merkel calls for tougher restrictions to contain the country's worsening covid-19
German Chancellor Angela Merkel has called for tougher restrictions to contain the country's worsening coronavirus outbreak and pushed for crisis talks with regional leaders.
At a meeting of senior members of her centre-right CDU party, Merkel explainedshe wanted to bring forward a planned meeting with state premiers to "the coming week."
Party members quoted her as saying the virus could only be stopped with "significant additional measures".
However Der Spiegel reported that among the tougher options being considered were border checks, requirements to wear high-quality FFP2 masks in some places and getting more people to work from home.
Merkel also voiced concern about the virus strain that recently emerged in Britain and is considered more contagious, saying people urgently need to reduce their social contacts.
More than 25,000 new daily coronavirus cases were reported, the Robert Koch Institute said, and hospital beds are filling up.
Germany has continued to see high infection rates despite being in some form of shutdown since the beginning of November.