In Brief: Future German COVID-19 outbreaks will have restrictions imposed locally

The goal is to quickly test and support the communities affected, with restrictions imposed on a smaller scale.

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By Soraya Sarhaddi Nelson, Kate Brady and Dina Elsayed 

Federal and state officials in Germany agreed on Thursday that future lockdowns in the event of COVID-19 outbreaks will be imposed locally, rather than in whole cities or regions. 

Merkel’s chief of staff, Helge Braun, told public broadcaster ZDF that the goal, based on lessons learned, is to impose restrictions on a much smaller scale and then quickly test and support those communities to hasten the restrictions being lifted.

But he and others acknowledge that local lockdowns will be harder to police.

You can find the latest COVID-19 information, restrictions and updates here.


A Thuringia court ruling could mean the end of gender parity for candidates across Germany before it even got started.

The court said the parity law, which would have required an equal number of male and female candidates on voting lists, affected the freedom and equality of voters.

Campaigners are now concerned the decision could affect August’s ruling in Brandenburg, which was the first German state to approve such a parity law in 2019.

Green Party politician Katrin Göring-Eckardt told public broadcaster ARD that Thuringia’ ruling was a “big disappointment.”

The ruling was deemed a win by the far-right Alternative for Germany party who filed the lawsuit against the bill. But Left Party and Green Party politicians have said they’ll challenge the ruling at federal constitutional courts if necessary.


Researchers this week announced the discovery of the largest meteorite to land in Germany. 

The 30-kilogram, or 66-pound, yellowish rock, had been sitting for decades in a private garden in the southwestern German town of Blaubeuren.

The German Aerospace Center said on Wednesday the owner first dug it up in 1989, noting its heavy iron content but not knowing what it was.

He was about to throw the unusually heavy rock away in 2015, but then changed his mind. Instead, he put it in his basement and decided to contact the center last January.

Three German laboratories are trying to find out when the meteorite, dubbed “Blaubeuren” after the town, fell to earth.

For now, it’s back at home with the man who dug it up.

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