Despite the measures taken in Germany to combat coronavirus, morbidity remains high and restrictions on social contacts are insufficient. This was stated by German Chancellor Angela Merkel on December 9 during a speech in the Bundestag broadcast by the Bild.
According to the politician, it is acceptable to close retail stores before January 10 as one of the new measures of restrictions.
As it became known earlier on Wednesday, the number of confirmed cases of infection with the new coronavirus in Germany increased by 20,815 per day, for all time COVID-19 was detected in 1,218,524 residents of the country.
From November 2 to January 10, Germany has a strict quarantine regime. Bars, restaurants and other gastronomic establishments, dishes and drinks are closed, and only skillful people are allowed to sell them.
Fitness clubs, tattoo salons, swimming pools, cosmetic and massage studios, theaters, cinemas and concert halls are closed.
Kindergartens, schools, a number of stores and hairdressing salons continue to operate. Hotels can only accept guests if they have no place to sleep.
In October, Merkel said the country is in a very serious phase of the COVID-19 pandemic, the number of infected is growing, and the economy will not survive another lockdown.