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Germany, France Impose Month-Long Curbs to Rein in Virus

  • Harsh restrictions on movement to hit pandemic-weary public
  • ‘Brutal brake’ on Covid-19 infections is needed, Macron says
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French President Emmanuel Macron painted a bleak picture of the fight against the pandemic.(Source: Bloomberg)
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Germany and France will clamp down on movement for at least a month, coming close to the stringent lockdowns in the spring as Europe seeks to regain control of the rapid spread of the coronavirus.

The European Union’s two biggest economies will shutter bars, restaurants and non-essential services, while allowing schools and most businesses to operate. The approach by French President Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel seeks to strike a balance between protecting public health and avoiding another debilitating blow to the economy.