A Chancellor Angela Merkel’s chief of staff, Helz Brown, said anti-epidemic measures were unlikely in Germany early next year.
Germany is in a complete lockdown on Wednesday to deal with high infection rates.
Brown told broadcaster N-TV that he was extremely optimistic that drastic measures would help reduce the number of new infections.
But during the winter and until enough vaccines are available for everyone, “we’re going to have some tough days ahead of us,” he said. “A broad simplification is very, very rarely impossible.
It came as German Economy Minister Peter Altmeier said he hoped the country could possibly avoid another recession, despite tougher measures.
“I hope in the second wave of the epidemic we will be able to prevent complete economic stagnation,” he told Public Radio Deutsland.
Germany is about to enter a tight lockout due to “significant increases” in coronavirus cases due to restrictions on private gatherings and the closure of shops and schools.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel made the announcement after consulting with state leaders in Berlin on Sunday, “We are forced to act and we are acting now.”
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