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Germany Loses Control of Contact-Tracing for Covid-19

  • Nation curbed outbreak better than neighbors last spring
  • Merkel to propose new curbs in talks with state premiers
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Merkel Reaches Deal for One-Month Partial German Lockdown

As Europe reels from a resurgence of Covid-19, one bulwark against another lockdown is buckling: German contact tracers.

This spring, the country won praise for its can-do teams that worked the phones from 375 local health authorities, asking Covid patients to say who they had recently met and telling those contacts to quarantine.