(BBC) – Germany has extended its lockdown for three weeks, imposing an almost complete halt over the Easter holiday in response to a third wave of coronavirus infections.
Why Germany is imposing toughest measures so far
For five days over Easter from 1 April, Germans are being asked to stay at home and reduce contacts:
- In-person religious services are cancelled
- Big family gatherings are banned, with no more than two households, or up to five people, allowed to meet
- All shops are shut, apart from food shops on Saturday 3 April.
How France is responding
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The AstraZeneca vaccine is now at the centre of political tensions between the UK and EU over the firm’s contractual obligations.
The EU is now considering an export ban targeting AstraZeneca production in Europe. EU officials complain that too much of the vaccine is going to the UK and other countries, rather than staying in the EU.