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Germany Says Its New Covid-19 Infections Are Far Too High, Merkel to Meet State Leaders on Tuesday

FILE PHOTO: A view of the market square amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic in Meissen, Germany, January 15, 2021. REUTERS/Fabrizio Bensch

FILE PHOTO: A view of the market square amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic in Meissen, Germany, January 15, 2021. REUTERS/Fabrizio Bensch

Concern about new variants of the virus are the reason Chancellor Angela Merkel and state leaders have brought forward a planned meeting to Tuesday.

The number of new COVID-19 infections in Germany is far too high, government spokesman Steffen Seibert said on Monday.

Concern about new variants of the virus are the reason Chancellor Angela Merkel and state leaders have brought forward a planned meeting to Tuesday, he added.

“We still have a big risk … that is the risk of mutation,” Seibert told a regular news conference, adding that there needed to be a joint European response.

first published:January 18, 2021, 19:06 IST