Germany has decided to extend the restrictive measures until January 10, with the goal of slowing down the spread of the coronavirus, confirmed German Chancellor Angela Merkel.

After the meeting with the ministers of 16 German provinces, she stated that the measures will be in force from December 20 to January 10.

“Things will, in principle, remain unchanged,” Merkel said.

Sources familiar with the talks between the German government and the regional authorities of 16 German provinces said earlier that Berlin plans to extend the restrictions for restaurants and hotels until January 10 due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Although the daily growth of the number of infected people has slowed down, Germany reported a record daily number of deaths since the beginning of the pandemic, while the areas that were not the most endangered before are facing a sharp increase in the number of confirmed cases.

Partial closure was introduced in early November and was extended last week.

In Germany, more than 17,000 cases of the infection have been registered in the last 24 hours, and 487 people who tested positive for coronavirus have died.

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