Germany has announced sweeping new restrictions for people who have not been vaccinated against Covid.
Chancellor Angela Merkel says unvaccinated people will be barred from many public places, including non-essential shops and events unless they have recently recovered from Covid.
“Culture and leisure nationwide will be open only to those who have been vaccinated or recovered,” Merkel says.
“We have understood that the situation is very serious and that we want to take further measures in addition to those already taken,” she adds.
Merkel also says a nationwide vaccination mandate could be imposed from February 2022, after it’s been debated in parliament.
There are two people infected with the Omicron variant in India, and officials say they are showing mild symptoms of the disease.
The two individuals had travelled from a foreign country but the health ministry has not disclosed where they came from.
Authorities say all the people they came into contact with have been traced and are being tested.
So far India has vaccinated just under half of its adult population. The government has not decided about booster jabs for elderly and vulnerable citizens or frontline workers yet.
Officials also say there are no plans for a lockdown.
India was to open its airports to all international flights from 15 December, but that decision has now been suspended.
This country was devastated by the second wave of Covid in April and May, and news of the new variant has made people anxious.