Merkel calls for urgent talks to combat Germany’s Covid-19 surge

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Chancellor Angela Merkel has called for an urgent meeting with Germany’s state premiers after the country’s Covid-19 cases hit a new daily record on Wednesday. The virus is “spreading dramatically,” government spokesman Steffen Seibert said in Berlin, adding that a “quick and unified response” is required. He said that Merkel, who is acting in a caretaker capacity after her conservatives lost the September elections, was in intensive discussions with ministers, the regional governments and the parties seeking to form Germany’s next government. “The virus takes no account of political processes…

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