The small town of Bautzen, tucked away in Germany’s far southeastern corner, has recorded a dramatic 641 new coronavirus infections per 100,000 people over the last seven days, according to the Robert Koch Institute. To compare, the national average is 176 — a number that is still far too high. That’s why stores, schools and kindergartens are closing across Germany once more from Wednesday. All contacts will be reduced once again, with the authorities bringing back more bans on public life. In response to the surge in infections in Saxony, where Bautzen is located, the state has gone into lockdown two days early. Reichen Street, Bautzen’s main shopping thoroughfare, is deserted. Most of the shop windows in the pedestrian area are dark, and only a few people are out and about in the city center this morning. Some pedestrians on Bautzen’s Reichen Street say they can’t keep up with the ever-changing coronavirus regulations Struggling to keep up with new restrictions Face masks must now be worn in all public spaces, and most people are complying — though in many cases reluctantly. “I don’t think much of it,” says an elderly woman pushing a walker, her mask not covering her nose. But she wears the mask because it’s mandatory. The lockdown and… Read full this story
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