In Brief: Chancellor Merkel defends lockdown measures

On Tuesday, Germany’s disease prevention authority reported 15,352 new cases over a 24-hour period.

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Updated on Tuesday, Nov. 3 at 10 a.m.

By Soraya Sarhaddi Nelson and Kate Brady

Questions abound about the fairness of sweeping closures that took effect on Monday across Germany as officials struggle to curb the pandemic.

But an unusually defiant Angela Merkel defended the measures as the only way to save lives.

The chancellor told reporters: If people are complaining that “‘It’s not fair to close restaurants and bars, and not stores,’ then we’ll close the stores. The answer cannot be: ‘We will keep them all open.’ That would lead to our ruin.”

Merkel said: “But if people believe closing everything is more fair, it’s a possibility, but one that will be a lot harder and a lot more expensive.”

She added the measures will only work if people agree to follow them.

Find out more details about the lockdown at our COVID-19 information page.

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German organization Sea-Eye is suing a politician from the far-right, Alternative for Germany (AfD) party who claimed the rescue group was linked to a fatal terror attack last week in a Nice church.

The AfD’s Georg Pazderski claimed in a Facebook post that the Tunisian attacker who killed three people had arrived in Europe on the Sea-Eye ship “Alan Kurdi” not long before the attack.

But the organization, which says it has saved more than 15,000 lives since 2015, filed a criminal complaint over what it said was a false statement and that the suspect was never aboard.

Sea-Eye Chairman Gorden Isler accused Pazderski of trying to incite hatred against his group.

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Berlin police have arrested a 41-year-old Turkish man who is suspected of killing a 13-year-old Syrian boy following an argument in Mitte on Halloween night.

The man is also accused of critically wounding a 22-year-old.

The victims were part of a group of seven people who were walking from James-Simon Park to Monbijoupark when the attack occurred.

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