Germany reckons with fourth Covid wave as cases leap ahead of winter

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Germany’s official disease control body called on Friday for far-reaching restrictions on public life to be imposed again, as the fourth wave of the coronavirus pandemic took hold. The Robert Koch Institute (RKI) issued an urgent call “for larger events to be cancelled where possible or avoided, and for all other non-essential contacts to be reduced.” Addressing a press conference in Berlin, Health Minister Jens Spahn said urgent action needed to be taken. “We have to do everything to break the dynamic,” Spahn said. “Otherwise there will be a bitter December for the entire country.” But he sto…

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