Germany on Sunday barred groups of more than two people from gathering, except for families. Chancellor Angela Merkel later said she herself was going into isolation because her doctor had tested positive for the coronavirus. The chancellor will be tested regularly in the coming days while carrying out her duties from home.
“The coronavirus is spreading with worrying speed through our country,” Ms. Merkel said Sunday morning.
“Our own behavior,” she said, “is currently the most effective antidote we have: to reduce public life as much as is possible, to reduce contact with people through whom the virus could be transmitted.”
“In short,” she said, “that’s how we save lives.”
“We have to learn from experts — and from observing reality,” Ms. Merkel told Germans on Sunday.