Germany on Monday started to loosen restrictions to stem the spread of coronavirus in the country.

Most shops smaller than 800 square meters (8,600 square feet) are being allowed to open again.

Newly reopened shopping centers and stores must observe strict hygienic rules.

Early in the day, few people were seen at the reopened malls and shops.

People are still following social distancing, and some of them are wearing masks to protect themselves from the virus.

Cafes and restaurants will remain closed for the time being.

More than 4,600 people have died from the coronavirus in Germany and over

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