Germany pays respect to 80,000 coronavirus victims in a ceremony

As coronavirus cases surge in Germany, the country hosted a ceremony to pay respects to the grieving families

For the 80,000

Germany held a national memorial service on Sunday for its nearly 80,000 victims of the coronavirus pandemic

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Angela Merkel

Chancellor Angela Merkel and President Frank-Walter Steinmeier joined an ecumenical service in the morning at Berlin's Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church, a memorial against war and destruction, before attending a ceremony later at the capital's Konzerthaus concert hall.

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Restricted memorial

The ceremonies were broadcasted live on public television as the country still has restrictions imposed on number of people who can attend gatherings.

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Everyone's presence counts

Berlin's Mayor and Chairman of the State Premiers' Conference (MPK) Michael Mueller also came to the ceremony to pay respects to the dead.

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Prayers for grieving families

Apostolic Nuncio to Germany Nikola Eterovic also arrived at the ceremony to share the pain of grieving families.

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