The German government is calling for a short country-wide lockdown to try and curb the spread of Covid-19.
“Every call for a short, unified, lockdown is correct,” Ulrike Demmer, the spokeswoman for German Chancellor Angela Merkel, confirmed on Wednesday.
“The variety of the current measures are not contributing to safety or to acceptance,” she added, highlighting the importance of a "common federal approach."
Demmer went on to say the current situation was unsustainable, with too much pressure on German healthcare. “We need a stable incidence rate below 100,” she concluded.
Last week, Germany's public health authority, the Robert Koch Institute, found that the coronavirus variant B.1.1.7 -- which was first identified in the UK -- accounted for nearly 90% of new infections in the country.