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Germany relaxes lockdown as infections subside

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Museums, galleries and gardens, as well as many shops, were allowed to reopen this week in Germany, The Independent reported.

A draft document prepared by federal chancellery chief Helge Braun, also said amateur open-air sports could restart and schools should gradually reopen from 11 May, the report said.

The German football league, the Bundesliga, has also been given the green light to kick off for the first time since March.

Germany has begun relaxing the lockdown measures put in place to control the spread of coronavirus, as the infection rate has been declining for several weeks, the report said.

It has been more successful at containing the outbreak than other big European countries, managing to keep its infection and death rate at a relatively low level. The country recorded 164,807 infections and nearly 7,000 deaths.

Cabinet minister Peter Altmaier told BBC’s Newsnight there had been “a decline in infections, for now, at least four weeks in a row.”

He said the government of Chancellor Angela Merkel is proceeding with caution in easing the lockdown, as having to re-impose the strict measures could have a “disastrous effect on the economy.”

“I think we can safely state that the very first phase of the pandemic is behind us,” Chancellor Merkel said. “But we need to be very much aware we are still in the early phases and we’ll be in it for the long haul.”

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