German upper house to vote on new pandemic restrictions package

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The upper house of the German parliament was to vote on Friday on a new legislative package aimed at containing the fourth wave of the coronavirus pandemic amid concern at rising infection and hospitalization rates. The Bundesrat, in which the 16 states are represented, was expected to pass the new package after a compromise was reached during a video conference of state premiers with Chancellor Angela Merkel and other members of her Cabinet on Thursday. The lower house, the Bundestag, passed the package put forward by the three parties currently hammering out a new coalition deal following el…

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