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Germany excludes unvaccinated from public life as COVID surges

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BERLIN (AFP) — Germany will impose sweeping curbs on people not vaccinated against COVID-19 to combat the latest surge in cases, Chancellor Angela Merkel said Thursday after meeting regional leaders.

“Culture and leisure nationwide will be open only to those who have been vaccinated or recovered,” Merkel said, adding that the same rule would also apply to non-essential shops.

The outgoing chancellor also spoke out in favor of compulsory vaccinations, which parliament is due to vote on soon.

“Given the situation, I think it is appropriate to adopt compulsory vaccination,” she said.

Merkel, her designated successor Olaf Scholz and the leaders of 16 states tightened COVID restrictions just two weeks ago, but met again on Thursday to discuss tougher measures.

The plans include a blanket ban on entering venues including bars, restaurants and cinemas for anyone who has not been vaccinated or recovered from COVID, according to a document signed off by the leaders.

The unimmunized will also be banned from Christmas markets, and contact restrictions will limit the number of people they can socialize with.

The agreement also includes new restrictions on large........

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