When fighting COVID-19, "every day counts," Merkel warns her successors

Chancellor's allies have criticised Social Democrat Olaf Scholz's government-in-waiting for declining to extend some lockdown measures

  
German former Chancellor Angela Merkel speaks during the handover of the annual report of the National Regulatory Control Council at the Chancellery in Berlin, Germany, September 16, 2021. The NRK works on reducing bureaucracy and making laws more efficient and transparent. Bernd von Jutrczenka/Pool via REUTERS

German former Chancellor Angela Merkel speaks during the handover of the annual report of the National Regulatory Control Council at the Chancellery in Berlin, Germany, September 16, 2021. The NRK works on reducing bureaucracy and making laws more efficient and transparent. Bernd von Jutrczenka/Pool via REUTERS

BERLIN- Germany is in a phase of exponential growth in numbers of coronavirus cases, Chancellor Angela Merkel said, adding that every day counted when it came to enacting social distancing measures designed to slow its spread.

Some of outgoing conservative chancellor's allies have criticised Social Democrat Olaf Scholz's government-in-waiting for declining to extend some lockdown measures that were put in place by Merkel's government. Merkel said more social distancing measures were needed.

"The situation is so serious because we are seeing exponential growth," she said. "And the people who get ill today are the ones who will be in intensive care in 10 to 14 days' time.... Every day counts."

(Reporting by Thomas Escritt and Joseph Nasr Editing by Madeline Chambers) ((thomas.escritt@thomsonreuters.com; @tomescritt; +49 30 2201 33579;))


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