Professional sports competitions in Germany, including football league matches, will be held behind closed doors from Monday onwards to try to contain the spread of the covid-19, the German authorities announced today.
According to the resolution agreed between Chancellor Angela Merkel and the leaders of the sixteen German federal states, amateur sports activities are also prohibited as of Monday (November 2), because of the significant increase in the number of infections with the new coronavirus the past few weeks.
The decision comes a few hours after the German health control agency confirmed a new record of daily covid-19 cases in the country, accounting for 14,964 infections, bringing the cumulative total to 449,275 contaminated.
Germany, with around 83 million inhabitants, also recorded 27 more deaths related to the new coronavirus, now accounting for a total of 10,098 deaths.
The covid-19 pandemic has already claimed more than 1.1 million deaths and more than 44 million cases of infection worldwide, according to a report made by the French agency AFP.