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Coronavirus situation remains very serious: Merkel

German Chancellor Angela Merkel addresses a news conference on the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), following video consultations with the premiers of Germany's 16 federal states, at Chancellery in Berlin, Germany November 16, 2020. Odd Andersen/Pool via REUTERS

BERLIN (Reuters) - The coronavirus situation in Germany is still very serious even though infection numbers are not rising so fast, Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Tuesday, after federal and state leaders postponed until Nov. 25 a decision on further lockdown measures.

“Infection numbers aren’t growing exponentially anymore, but are still far too high. So we have to reduce contacts, reduce contacts, reduce contacts,” Merkel told a business event organised by the Sueddeutsche Zeitung daily, noting that 30-40% of the German population belonged to vulnerable groups.

Reporting by Sabine Siebold; Writing by Emma Thomasson; Editing by Michelle Adair