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  3. Germany set for tighter measures: Latest around Europe

    An entrance door of a pub and a sign that reads "Entrance - Only with 2G"
    Image caption: Germany is set to extend so-called 2G rules - either vaccination or recovery from Covid

    Germany’s national and regional leaders are expected to agree tougher Covid restrictions today, which would only allow people who have been vaccinated or who have recovered from Covid into cinemas, restaurants, clubs and shops other than supermarkets. Outgoing Health Minister Jens Spahn says "what's really important now is a quasi lockdown for the unvaccinated". Another 388 Covid deaths have been reported in the past 24 hours.

    Mainland France’s first Omicron-variant case has been detected in the greater Paris region, according to the local health authority. The infected person had recently returned from Nigeria.

    Spanish authorities have detected a third case, in a woman from Majorca who travelled from South Africa.

    More than half the people put in quarantine in a Dutch hotel after flying in from South Africa have been allowed to leave. None of those still in the hotel is seriously ill.

    Swiss Covid cases have reached the same level of last year's second wave, although the numbers being admitted to hospital are not rising so fast. However, hospitals in Zurich say they're full and some politicians are now calling for mandatory vaccinations.

    Kosovo is to ban entry to people who have not been fully-vaccinated against coronavirus. The regulation will apply from 3 January.