Germany's Scholz calls for targeted, temporary curbs to slow coronavirus spread

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German Finance Minister Olaf Scholz gives a statement in the yard of the finance ministry during the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Berlin
German Finance Minister Olaf Scholz gives a statement in the yard of the finance ministry during the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Berlin

BERLIN (Reuters) - German Finance Minister Olaf Scholz said on Tuesday that the jump in coronavirus infections over the past few days was "very worrying" and authorities had to quickly implement decisive steps to halt this second wave in the pandemic.

"The additional measures should be targeted, temporary and focussed. And they should be taken as uniformly as possible across Germany and be generally understandable," Scholz said.

"So far, our country has fared quite well during the coronavirus pandemic and it will be decided in the coming weeks whether it will stay that way. It's in our hands," he added.

(Reporting by Holger Hansen; Writing by Michael Nienaber; Editing by Michelle Adair)