Berlin, March 2: Germany is planning to extend the COVID-19 lockdown till March 28. However, restrictions will be eased in the next phase of lockdown as the country witnessed a decline in daily coronavirus infections. German Chancellor Angela Merkel will reportedly discuss a draft document with federal state leaders on Wednesday. The European country will ease some restrictions. The rules are likely to come into place from March 8.

As per the document accessed by global news agency Reuters, a maximum of five people from two households will now be allowed to meet, excluding children below 14 years. As per current rules, a maximum of two people is allowed to meet. The German government will also allow Flower and book stores, garden centres, tattoo, nail parlours and massage salons will be allowed to reopen. COVID-19 Vaccine Update: Germany Challenges Efficacy Report of AstraZeneca's Coronavirus Vaccine.

Notably, the daily rise in COVID-19 infections dropped in Germany after the imposition of current lockdown measures. Till now, over 24 lakh people have contracted COVID-19 in Germany. On Monday, the European country reported 3,943 coronavirus infections. More than 70,000 people also succumbed to the deadly virus in Germany. Germany Limits Travel from French Region over Virus Variant.

Meanwhile, the total number of global Covid-19 cases has topped 114.4 million, while the deaths have surged to more than 2.53 million, according to Johns Hopkins University. The current global caseload and death toll stood at 114,417,054 and 2,537,563, respectively.

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