As cases rise, Germany plans new virus restrictions, fines

BERLIN (AP) — Chancellor Angela Merkel and the governors of Germany’s 16 states have agreed on plans meant to keep the country’s coronavirus infection figures from accelerating to the levels being seen in other European countries, while keeping schools and businesses open if possible. New infections in Germany have hit the highest levels since April over recent weeks, with more than 2,000 new cases per day on several occasions. That is still well below the numbers seen at the height of the pandemic’s first phase, and far from the figures now being recorded in other European countries — notably France and Spain.