Germany to boost anti-virus measures for Easter

Germany is to take stricter measures to fight the coronavirus pandemic over the Easter holidays next month.

Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Tuesday that all shops will be shut from April 1 to 5, except for food shops, which will be allowed to operate on April 3.

Merkel called on people to stay home and reduce contacts during the five days. No more than five adults from two families will be able to meet during the Easter-holiday period.

She said the country is now in a new pandemic.

Earlier this month, Germany began easing restrictions in stages, including allowing retail shops and museums to open.

But there has been a rapid resurgence in cases of infection, with more than 70 percent of the new cases caused by virus variants initially confirmed in Britain.