Germany: Coronavirus spreading too fast for us to loosen restrictions

A person wearing a protective mask and suit looks out of a coronavirus testing facility in front of the Dortmund city hospital, as the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) continues in Dortmund, Germany, March 30, 2020. REUTERS/Leon Kuegeler

BERLIN (Reuters) – Coronavirus is spreading too fast for restrictions on public life in Germany, Europe’s economic powerhouse, to be lifted yet, a spokesman for the German government said on Monday.

Germany is in virtual lockdown, with more than 57,000 people infected and 455 dead from the virus. Schools, shops, restaurants and sports facilities have closed and many firms have stopped production to help slow the spread of the disease.

Reporting by Michelle Martin, editing by Thomas Escritt

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