German Chancellor Angela Merkel prepares to announce a reversal of a planned hard lockdown for Easter on Wednesday.

BERLIN, GERMANY – MARCH 24: German Chancellor Angela Merkel prepares to give a statement to the media to announce a reversal of the recently planned hard lockdown for Easter on March 24, 2021 in Berlin, Germany. Merkel and leaders of Germany’s 16 states had recently agreed to the hardest lockdown to date for the Easter period of April 1 through April 5 in an effort to stem the spread of the B117 coronavirus variant. COVID-19 infection rates are currently rising strongly in Germany. (Photo by Henning Schacht – Pool/Getty Images)