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The majority of citizens are in favor of an extension of the corona measures

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A clear majority of Germans support an extension of the corona lockdown beyond January 31. In a survey by the opinion research institute YouGov, 40 percent were in favor of tightening the existing measures to contain the pandemic, and a further 21 percent are in favor of maintaining the previous restrictions. Only 13 percent called for an end to the lockdown, 17 percent for an easing. 8 percent did not provide any information.

The number of lockdown opponents has increased only slightly compared to the beginning of January. At that time, 11 percent were in favor of abolishing all measures against the spread of the virus and 17 percent in favor of mitigation.

Chancellor Angela Merkel (CDU) is discussing this Tuesday with the Prime Ministers of the federal states about a further extension of the tough lockdown that was decided in mid-December with the closure of most shops, hotels and restaurants as well as schools and daycare centers. In addition, it should be about tightening, with which the spread of highly contagious virus mutations in Germany should be prevented.

For example, new rules for home office, a night curfew and an expansion of the mask requirement are under discussion. The acceptance for such measures is relatively high.

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