Germany: Arrests made as police order COVID restrictions protesters to leave in Berlin

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Police made arrests in Berlin on Saturday as they ordered coronavirus restrictions protesters to leave clear the area in Berlin on Saturday.

Wearing little to no protection, the crowd of protesters marched through the Brandenburg Gate towards Tiergarten where a stage was set up for people to deliver speeches to the crowd.

The protests have come amid a recent spike in the number of confirmed cases of coronavirus in Germany. The President of the Robert Koch Institute Lothar Wieler had confirmed on Tuesday that the disease control institute was “very concerned” with the latest developments in regards to the increase in cases. He emphasised that citizens must abide by the coronavirus measures “for the upcoming months.”

German Chancellor Angela Merkel originally announced the measures in March, in order to curb the spread of the virus. The measures have been gradually relaxed nationwide as the number of confirmed cases decreased.

At least one counter-protest took place simultaneously in the German capital.

Since the beginning of the outbreak, Germany has recorded 210,665 confirmed cases of COVID-19. Thus far, there have been 9,224 virus-related deaths nationwide.

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