Angela Merkel appealed directly to the German people on Saturday to “stay at home whenever possible” after a meeting with state leaders last week failed to produce the tough coronavirus measures she had been pushing for.
Speaking on her weekly podcast, the veteran Chancellor told Germans that “every day counts” as she encouraged them to strictly limit their movement and personal contacts.
“I appeal to you. Please avoid any trip that is not totally really necessary, avoid celebrations that are not necessary. Please stay at home whenever possible,” she said on the same day that reported daily cases hit a new record of over 7,800.
Implying that a strict lockdown could be imposed over the festive period if case numbers do not come down, Ms Merkel said that “what our Christmas will be like will be decided in the coming days and weeks.”