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It comes after the largest euro economy shrunk by 4.6% in 2020 — the first year of full lockdowns and tough social restrictions in the wake of Covid.
Upcoming economic performance remains clouded by uncertainty.
Germany’s public health agency, the Robert Koch Institute, warned on Thursday that the number of new Covid cases is increasing rapidly. The latest figures point to new daily infections of around 80,000 people.
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