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Germany Sticks to Covid Restrictions as Omicron Wave Surges

  • Officials to keep contact measures in place for the time being
  • Scholz holds virus strategy talks with 16 state premiers
A closed terrace area outside a restaurant in central Berlin, Germany, on Jan. 7. 

A closed terrace area outside a restaurant in central Berlin, Germany, on Jan. 7. 

Photographer: Krisztian Bocsi/Bloomberg
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Chancellor Olaf Scholz agreed with regional leaders to keep Germany’s current pandemic restrictions in place to help tackle a record surge in infections while raising the possibility of relaxing some curbs once the wave subsides.

The country must “stay the course” on vaccinations and social-distancing restrictions, Scholz said Monday in Berlin after regular talks with the country’s 16 state premiers. “We need to continue to be cautious.”