Germany has tightened coronavirus restrictions on Sunday with banning any social contact between more than two people in public, as COVID-19 cases in the country surged close to 24,000.

Chancellor Angela Merkel told reporters in Berlin, after a video conference call with the premiers of 16 federal states, that they agreed on new restrictive measures to contain the spread of COVID-19 pandemic.

Merkel said in the next two weeks, authorities will not allow more than two people to gather in public, and underlined that those who go out for essential duties or shopping, should keep at least a 1.5-meter-distance

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