Germany is to be plunged into a national lockdown over Christmas amid rising cases of coronavirus.
Under new measures which will last from 16 December until 10 January, schools and non-essential shops across the country will be closed.
Bars and restaurants will remain shut, while the sale of fireworks will be banned ahead of New Year’s Eve.
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Hairdressers, beauty salons and tattoo parlours will also have to close their doors and drinking alcohol in public will be banned until 10 January.
The number of people allowed to meet indoors will remain restricted to five from two households.
However, Germans will still be allowed a small reprieve over the Christmas period as up to 10 people will be allowed to meet from 23 December to 1 January.
The measures agreed between Chancellor Angela Merkel and the leaders of the country’s 16 federal states build on restrictions already in place under a partial lockdown.
“I would have wished for lighter measures. But due to Christmas shopping, the number of social contacts has risen considerably,” Ms Merkel told reporters in Berlin.
“There is an urgent need to take action.”