Merkel: ‘Sad day’ as Germany marks 100,000 deaths from COVID

  • Coffins labeled with 'SARS-CoV-2 positive - Corona' signs are shown Thursday in the morgue of the crematorium in Giesen, Germany. (Julian Stratenschulte/dpa via AP)

BERLIN — German Chancellor Angela Merkel labeled Thursday “a very sad day” and backed calls for more restrictions, as her country became the latest to surpass 100,000 deaths from COVID-19 since the pandemic began.