A majority of German people are in favour of extending coronavirus lockdown measures beyond April 19, a new poll has found.

Some 44% Germans said they would support an extension of lockdown measures, while 12% demanded even more stringent measures to contain the spread of the virus, according to the poll conducted by YouGov for the German press agency DPA.

Around 32% of those favoured relaxing restrictions on social and public life, which were imposed on March 22 for two weeks, but later extended until April 19.

The German government imposed strict lockdown measures amid growing numbers of cases

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