Germany plans to end lockdown after April 19, considers mandatory face masks

Few cars move on the traffic hotspot street Kaiserdamm next to a billboard reading "Show love. keep distance" in Berlin, Germany. Due to contact restrictions, as a result of the spreading of the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus which causes the Covid-19 disease, streets and public places in Berlin are nearly deserted. EPA-EFE/CLEMENS BILAN

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Germany has drawn up a list of measures, including an obligation to wear masks in public, limits on public gatherings and the rapid tracing of infection chains, that officials think should allow life to return to normal after lockdown’s scheduled end on April 19.

The proposals, contained in a draft action plan compilied by the Interior Ministry document and seen by Reuters on Monday, say the measures should be sufficient to keep the number of people infected by each person below 1 even as public life is allowed gradually to resume.

For this to be possible, mechanisms will have to be in place to track more than 80% of people an infected person had contact with within 24 hours of diagnosis. In return, schools will be able to reopen on a regional basis and strict border controls will be relaxed, the paper said.

Wearing masks in public could soon be mandatory in Germany, according to a draft list of measures that officials think should allow life to return to normal.

The proposals, contained in a draft action plan document compiled by the interior ministry, seen by Reuters on Monday, include an obligation to wear masks in public, limits on public gatherings and the rapid tracing of infection chains.

Officials say the measures should be sufficient to keep the number of people infected by each person below one, as public life is allowed gradually to resume.

For this to be possible, mechanisms will have to be in place to track more than 80% of people an infected person had contact with within 24 hours of diagnosis, the paper said.

In return, schools will be able to reopen on a regional basis and strict border controls will be relaxed.

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