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18 March 2020
Angela Merkel: Coronavirus is Germany’s biggest challenge since WWII
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Angela Merkel: Coronavirus is Germany’s biggest challenge since WWII

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Chancellor Angela Merkel used a rare televised address to urge Germans to abide by restrictions devised to curb the spread of the coronavirus, according to a report by Welt.


“Our idea of ​​normalcy, public life and social coexistence are all being tested like never before”, the Chancellor said. She noted that millions of Germans cannot go to work, children cannot attend school or kindergartens, while theaters, cinemas and many shops remain closed.

“The situation is serious -- and you need to take it seriously”, Merkel said in an emotional speech on Wednesday evening. “Since the reunification of Germany - no, since World War II - there has been no challenge that would depend so much on our joint solidarity”.

The German Chancellor called on citizens to limit social contacts and take all the necessary steps to slow the spread of the coronavirus. According to Merkel, restrictions on the freedom of movement can only be justified by extreme necessity, adding that such restrictions were necessary to save lives.

“This is a historic task that we can only accomplish together”, Merkel concluded.