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Germany poised to limit social contact as Omicron sweeps Europe

Explosive spread of variant also sparks fears, warnings and tougher measures from Sweden to Spain

Germany is poised to preserve Christmas but reimpose tighter rules on social contact before new year as the Omicron variant sweeps across Europe, sparking tougher measures from Sweden to Spain.

The German chancellor, Olaf Scholz, met the country’s 16 state leaders on Tuesday to decide on new measures that are likely to include a ban on gatherings of more than 10 vaccinated people, closing clubs and discotheques and holding larger sports events behind closed doors.

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