German Chancellor Angela Merkel, with Bavaria’s State Premier Markus Soeder (right) and Berlin’s Mayor Michael Mueller, participate in a news conference following talks via videoconference with Germany’s state premiers on the extension of the current COVID-19 lockdown in Germany.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel (C), Bavaria’s State Premier Markus Soeder (R) and Berlin’s Mayor Michael Mueller (L) participate in a press conference following talks via video conference with Germany’s state premiers on the extension of the current lockdown, at the Chancellery in Berlin on March 23, 2021. – Germany will enter a strict shutdown for five days over Easter in a bid to halt soaring coronavirus infection rates, Chancellor Angela Merkel said March 23, 2021, after marathon talks with regional leaders. As well as extending existing measures including keeping cultural, leisure and sporting facilities shut through to April 18, Merkel and Germany’s 16 state premiers agreed a tougher shutdown between April 1 and 5. (Photo by Michael Kappeler / POOL / AFP) (Photo by MICHAEL KAPPELER/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)