MUNICH — A few months can make a world of difference during a pandemic.After being lauded for its response to Covid-19 after Chancellor Angela Merkel’s government flattened the curve this spring, Germany is now grappling with more than 10,000 daily coronavirus infections, the most it has seen since the outbreak started, and admissions to hospital intensive care units have doubled in the last two weeks.In response, the country is betting on a different, more local approach to the crisis.“We need to do everything now so that the virus will not spread uncontrollably. Every day counts now,” Merkel, a physicist by training, said in a video released over the weekend in which she asked people to cut back on nonessential travel and gatherings outside of their family circle.In stark contrast to strict contact bans in the spring, it was an appeal to voluntarily limit social interactions.A passenger walks through an almost deserted terminal at Frankfurt Airport in Germany in March. Michael Probst / AP fileGermany’s state governments are also introducing regional rules and local lockdowns instead.The region of Berchtesgaden was the first to go into a new lockdown this week as infection numbers there spiked with hundreds of new cases in


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