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Germany will enter a “tough” national lockdown, starting next week and continuing through the Christmas period, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said after agreeing to tougher measures with state governments to curb a wave of coronavirus cases.

Starting next Wednesday, all nonessential shops, services and schools will close through January 10, and Christmas Day gatherings will be reduced from 10 people to just five from two different households.

This week, Ms Merkel made a passionate plea for Germans to limit your social contacts before the holidays.
Across Germany, event arenas, trade fair halls, gymnasiums and other venues are becoming vaccine centers, with many initial tests before the approval of the new vaccine by the health authorities of the European Union. .
Across Germany, event arenas, trade fair halls, gymnasiums and other venues are becoming vaccine centers, with many initial tests before the approval of the new vaccine by the health authorities of the European Union. . (Getty)

Despite the country’s respected healthcare system and early success in containing the virus, a recent partial lockdown has failed to stem the wave of the second wave.

Germany reported record daily deaths on Friday, with 598 deaths recorded in a 24-hour span.

The new measures target traditional festivities: Christmas church services will be subject to prior registration and no singing will be allowed, alcohol will be banned in all public spaces, and an annual New Year’s Eve fireworks display will be canceled.

Some states are also implementing additional measures, such as Bavaria, which will have a curfew at 9 pm.

German Finance Minister Olaf Scholz has promised financial aid for all companies affected by the closure.

Germany today registered 20,200 new coronavirus infections, 2,000 more than Sunday last week, according to the Robert Koch Institute, the nation’s disease control agency.

The total number of infections is 1,320,716. The death toll rose 321 to 21,787, the data showed.

Earlier in the week, the southwestern state of Baden-W├╝rttemberg said it was introducing a curfew, which begins on Saturday and will last until January 10, where people will only be able to leave the house for work and medical appointments, he said. State Prime Minister Winfried Kretschmann a press conference.

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Meanwhile, in the northern state of Schleswig-Holstein, the maximum number allowed to gather in public and private spaces has been reduced from ten people to five people in two households, according to the state’s first president, Daniel G├╝nther.

At a cabinet meeting on Friday, it was announced that the federal state of Thuringia would close retail stories as of December 19 and that students would switch to online learning as of December 21 as part of the new restrictions.

Earlier last week, it was announced that the German states of Saxony and Bavaria would adopt stricter lockdown measures.


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