Germany is looking to impose tougher restrictions on movement after a nationwide partial shutdown failed to contain the surge in coronavirus cases.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel said that the country will keep all restaurants and bars shut until January 10 and opposed the idea of opening hotels over the holidays.
Speaking in the lower house of parliament, Merkel said experience showed the second wave of a pandemic was harder than the first. Covid cases in Germany ticked above one 1.2 million.
Previously in November, Germany imposed a “lockdown light” in a bid to contain the spread of the coronavirus, leaving only schools and shops open.