Merkel announces sweeping curbs to keep Germans home in virus fight

Merkel announces sweeping curbs to keep Germans home in virus fightGerman leaders on Monday urged citizens to stay home, as the government announced unprecedented nationwide measures to radically scale back public life in order to slow the spread of the coronavirus. Chancellor Angela Merkel called on Germans to cancel any holidays at home and abroad, while president Frank-Walter Steinmeier told people to “stay at home”. The government banned gatherings in churches, mosques and synagogues and ordered non-essential shops as well as playgrounds shut.