German leaders to meet next week for Covid talks as cases hit record

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Germany’s state premiers will meet next Thursday to discuss measures to combat steeply rising coronavirus infection rates in the country. The chairman of the Conference of Minister Presidents, North Rhine Westphalia’s premier Hendrik Wuest, announced the move. The November 18 meeting will also include the acting chancellor, Angela Merkel, and the man likely to replace her, Olaf Scholz. Germany is scrambling to respond to a surge in cases as health authorities warn hospitals could soon start coming under heavy strain. There were more than 50,000 new coronavirus infections within the past 24 hou…

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