Germany imposes a stricter ban on the rise of the combat in COVID-19 circumstances

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BERLIN (Reuters) – Germany will close most stores from Wednesday through January 10 as it tightens restrictions on coronaviruses and tries to contain the spread of the disease, Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Sunday.

"There is an urgent need for action," said Merkel after a meeting with the leaders of the country's 16 federal states.

Under the agreement, only important shops such as supermarkets and pharmacies as well as banks are to remain open.

During the period, schools will generally be closed and employers will be asked to shut down operations or let employees work from home. The sale of fireworks is prohibited before New Year's Eve.

Germany has been partially closed for six weeks, bars and restaurants are closed, while shops and schools remain open. Some regions have already taken stricter measures as infections increased.

New daily infections and deaths have hit records in the past few days and more politicians have been sounding the alarm.

The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Germany rose by 20,200 to 1,320,716, as data from the Robert Koch Institute (RKI) for infectious diseases showed on Sunday. The reported death toll rose 321 to 21,787.

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