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The Chancellor is very concerned about the coronavirus mutation that has emerged in the UK. She doesn’t want to waste time. An extension of the strict contact restrictions to February is increasingly likely.

Berlin (dpa) – Chancellor Angela Merkel (CDU) wants to discuss with state prime ministers next week how to proceed with the corona pandemic and not as planned on January 25.

Merkel made this clear on Thursday evening in the online meeting of the CDU presidium in preparation for the CDU election party conference on Friday and Saturday, according to information from the German news agency of various participants.

There is currently no room for vacancies. Merkel did not set a date for the next round with the heads of government of the countries.

In the coming week, the development of the pandemic must also be discussed at European level with all heads of state or government of the EU, the Chancellor said after this information. The variant of the coronavirus that has surfaced in the UK is spreading much faster than its original form, scientists are very concerned. Everyone believes that the virus mutation is very aggressive and that its spread should be slowed down. Act now.

According to further information, next week’s Monday or Tuesday is being discussed as the date for the next prime minister’s conference with Merkel. But no decision has been made yet. Hessian Prime Minister Volker Bouffier said after this information that the next meeting should take place as soon as possible. A focus of the consultations should be placed on retirement homes.

Merkel, according to several participants, rejected a report in the newspaper “Bild” that the chancellery was considering shutting down local and long-distance public transport.

Health Minister Jens Spahn said at the meeting that they were in the worst phase of the pandemic. You also see abroad that corona vaccinations could not have prevented a lockdown. Union leader Ralph Brinkhaus praised the fact that the Bundeswehr is deploying 10,000 additional soldiers to combat the corona pandemic.

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