Chancellor Angela Merkel backs down with her very strict Easter lockdown. She scraps this plan a day after it was announced.
The plan sparked a storm of criticism.
The Easter lockdown would be the toughest lockdown Germany has had in the corona crisis.
But Merkel conferred unannounced with state prime ministers on Wednesday and decided not to paralyze the country in the first five days of April.
Early on Tuesday, Merkel had agreed with state prime ministers to tighten and extend corona measures and virtually paralyze the country over Easter.