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Merkel says new partial lockdown different from March

German Chancellor Angela Merkel looks on during a joint news conference with Bavarian Prime Minister Markus Soeder and Berlin's mayor Michael Mueller at the Chancellery in Berlin, Germany October 28, 2020. REUTERS/Fabrizio Bensch/Pool

BERLIN (Reuters) - A partial lockdown to curb the spread of the coronavirus in Germany is different from the blanket shutdown in March as shops and schools are open and church services will continue, Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Wednesday.

“There wouldn’t have been enough acceptance (for these measures) two weeks ago...I believe we have come to the point where there is still some room for maneuver, but where people also accept that something has to be done,” she said.

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