Politicians said over the weekend that Germany will likely extend the national lockdown beyond January 10 to curb coronavirus infection rates, which remain high and put significant pressure on hospitals and healthcare workers.
Chancellor Angela Merkel and regional leaders are expected to agree to an extension of the restrictions when they meet on Tuesday. It is not clear how long the extension will last.
"The numbers are still very high, so we will have to extend the restrictions," Health Minister Jens Spahn told RTL television in an interview late Saturday.
3 January 2021