Germany will close most shops from Wednesday until January 10 as it tightens coronavirus restrictions and tries to rein in the spread of the disease, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Sunday.
"There is an urgent need to take action," Merkel said following a meeting with leaders of the country's 16 federal states.
Under the agreement, only essential shops such as supermarkets and pharmacies, as well as banks, are to remain open.
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