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Tuesday 23 November 2021

Christmas markets canned in German states

The German states of Bavaria and Saxony have cancelled all Christmas markets due to a surge in Covid-19 infections.

"The situation is very, very serious and difficult," Bavarian Premier Markus Soder told German news outlet DW.

Restrictions will amount to a "de facto lockdown for unvaccinated people".

The state government has also imposed a lockdown on all districts that have a seven-day Covid incidence rate of over 1,000 per 100,000 people.

In those places, bars, clubs and restaurants, as well as cultural and sport venues will be closed, Soder decreed.

Schools and kindergartens, however, will remain open.

To the north of Bavaria, the eastern state of Saxony has announced widespread public restrictions to remain in place at least until December 12.

Christmas markets throughout the state, including one of Germany's largest in Dresden, are cancelled.

"The measures are tough but necessary," said Saxony State Premier Michael Kretschmer.

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