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Germany enforces LOCKDOWN for unvaccinated with three jabs needed as Covid fourth wave wreaks havoc

GERMANY is set to ban people who have not had their Covid jabs from shops, pubs and restaurants in what has been dubbed as a "lockdown for the unvaccinated".

The draconian measures are part of an effort to curb coronavirus infections that again topped 70,000 newly confirmed cases in a 24-hour period.

Under emergency plans — the harshest yet to be imposed in Europe — there will be a blanket ban on entering bars, restaurants, theatres and cinemas for anyone who has not been vaccinated or recovered from Covid.

The unvaccinated would also be banned from Christmas markets and non-essential shops and only be able to socialise with a limited number of people.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel said the measures were necessary in light of concerns that hospitals could become overloaded with people suffering Covid-19 infections, which are more likely to be serious in those who haven't been vaccinated.

She told reporters: "We have understood that the situation is very serious and that we want to take further measures in addition to those already taken.

"To do this, the fourth wave must be broken and this has not yet been achieved.”

It comes after the discovery of a new Omicron variant, first reported to the World Health Organisation (WHO)  by South Africa on November 24, which has spread worldwide rapidly.

It is feared Omicron could cause over half of Europe's Covid cases in the "next few months".

More than two dozen countries and territories have now detected cases, extending to India on Thursday and the United States on Wednesday, among the countries hardest hit by the coronavirus pandemic since it first emerged nearly two years ago.

The WHO has cautioned that it could take weeks to discover if Omicron is more transmissible, and whether it causes more severe disease — as well as how effective current treatments and vaccines are against it.

But its detection and spread represent a fresh challenge to global efforts to battle the pandemic with several nations already re-imposing restrictions many had hoped were a thing of the past.

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