Angela Merkel on lockdown extension: ‘Mutations may destroy any success’

German Chancellor Angela Merkel spoke in the Bundestag on Thursday to defend the extension of the nationwide lockdown until March 7. The German government and state leaders agreed to maintain lockdown measures beyond February 14, but with the option of “gradually” opening schools and daycare centers as well as hairdressers earlier. What did Merkel say? “We have to be extremely cautious that we don’t get into this exponential growth spiral again,” Merkel told lawmakers. She also warned that the new mutations, which are already present in Germany, “may destroy any success” already achieved by the monthslong … (full story)

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