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Germany to limit private gatherings as it braces for fifth virus wave

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Germany will in the coming week impose caps on private gatherings, shutter clubs over New Year’s and close large sporting events to spectators to slow the spread of Omicron, Chancellor Olaf Scholz said. The coronavirus measures were agreed upon at a meeting of state and federal governments on Tuesday and are to go into effect nationwide no later than December 28, meaning many Germans, but not all, will be spared them over the Christmas holiday. The plan caps the number of people who can attend private gatherings at 10 – excluding children up to the age of 14 – and even applies to those who hav…

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