August 29, 2020, 12.06 AM

Germany has a list of high risk countries and regions, which includes most countries outside of Europe.

But it has recently added a number of regions within the European Union, including Paris, France's Cote d'Azur region, and most of Spain.

Germany is also extending a ban on major events such as concerts, sports, and festivals, until at least the end of the year. The ban was previously set to run out at the end of October.

States will also impose stricter limits on gatherings in private homes, and 15 of Germany's 16 states agreed to a minimum fine of €50 ($59) for failing to wear a mask where it is mandatory, like in grocery stores or on public transportation.

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"Corona is fully back in Germany," Bavarian state premier Markus Soeder said at a joint news conference with Merkel.

"It doesn't make sense to have audiences at soccer matches again from September."

(Writers: Sabine Siebold, Maria Sheahan | Editor: Angus MacSwan) 


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