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Merkel says if lockdown works, Germany will have bearable December

FILE PHOTO: German Chancellor Angela Merkel arrives for day two of an EU summit in Brussels, Belgium October 16, 2020. Olivier Hoslet/Pool via REUTERS/File Photo

BERLIN (Reuters) - Germany will have a bearable December if new lockdown measures introduced on Monday works, Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Monday, adding that much of the success of the measures depends on the participation and understanding of citizens.

Merkel told a news conference that if people respected the restrictions over the next four weeks “to curb the spread of the virus, then we will be able to have the conditions for a tolerable December.”

Writing by Paul Carrel; Editing by Michelle Adair