Germany’s Carnival season opens despite virus concerns

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Germany’s new Carnival season opened at 11:11 am (1011 GMT) on Thursday with thousands of revellers turning out onto the streets of several cities. In Cologne, where the 11th is traditionally celebrated on a particularly grand scale, some of the queues in front of the cordoned-off celebration zones were hundreds of metres long. This year’s celebrations come as coronavirus infections continue to rise across Germany. That’s a concern for local authorities, and some revellers. But singer Peter Brings of the Cologne rock band Brings said many people were hoping for the best. “We just have to learn…

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