Germany's Merkel gives thumbs up in parliament

"A very famous German female chancellor once said there is no point trying to knock the wall down with your head, the wall will always win," Katrin Goering-Eckardt said, quoting Merkel during a parliamentary debate on whether to implement a new Infection Protection Act.

Merkel warned a day earlier that Germany's coronavirus situation was dramatic, calling for an extra push on vaccinations the day before federal and regional leaders meet to agree on measures to curb a fourth wave of the virus.

Parliament voted on Thursday with a majority to introduce stricter corona protection measures. The Act will have to be passed by the Federal States' parliament on Friday.

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