By Amechi Idumuebor, For Agenda Watchdog, May 1, 2020
(AGENDAWATCHDOG) – German authorities agreed Thursday to reopen playgrounds, churches and cultural institutions such as museums and zoos that have been shuttered because of the coronavirus pandemic, but they postponed a decision on whether to relax the rules for restaurants, hotels and kindergartens.
Chancellor Angela Merkel said that while there would be regional differences because of Germany’s federal structure, the overall goal remains ensuring the health system can cope with the country’s outbreak.
Over the past week, Germany recorded between 1,000 and 1,500 new cases a day, down from 2,000 the previous week. The country’s success in flattening the curve of infections has sparked calls for its lockdown to end, particularly from businesses that have been forced to close because of social distancing measures.