German Chancellor Angela Merkel is considering the introduction of the strictest form of lockdown, ie the complete closure of the country, writes Bild tabloid.
The Robert Koch Institute (RKI), the government’s main disease control agency, announced that 1,244 people infected with the coronavirus had died in the last 24 hours, bringing the total death toll to 43,881 so far.
A record number of coronavirus deaths were recorded on a daily basis in Germany today, despite harsh measures.
Officials remain concerned about the possibility that fewer tests due to the New Year holidays do not actually give a true picture of the extent of the infection.
In Germany, schools, shops that do not sell basic groceries, bars, restaurants, and entertainment and cultural facilities have been closed. The measures, which also stipulate that only one person outside the circle can visit a household, should remain in force until at least the end of January.
However, Merkel and other members of the government have already warned that the lockdown could be extended after January.