Germany is one of the biggest hit countries in Europe with coronavirus and has implemented strict measures to try to halt the deadly virus. On Sunday evening, German Chancellor Angela Merkel confirmed she would go into quarantine after coming into contact with a doctor who has tested positive for the coronavirus. The German Chancellor will continue to work from home despite being in isolation.

Mrs Merkel will also submit repeated COVID-19 tests over the next few days, the spokesman said.

The spokesman added that it was too soon for a conclusive test on her at the moment.

On Friday afternoon the German Chancellor received a vaccine shot against pneumococcus, a pneumonia-causing bacteria, from a doctor who later tested positive for the coronavirus, according to the statement.

It comes as coronavirus has swept across the continent leading to thousands of deaths.

On Sunday, Germany announced they were banning gatherings of over two people due to COVID-19.

“The great aim is to gain time in the fight against the virus,” Chancellor Angela Merkel told a press briefing.

For at least the next two weeks, people will not be allowed to form groups of more than two in public unless they live together in the same household or the gathering is work-related.

As part of stricter rules, restaurants can only offer takeaway services and hairdressers and beauty, massage and tattoo parlours must close.

“The danger lies in the direct social interaction,” state premier Armin Laschet said.

Despite confirming over 24,000 cases of COVID-19, the nation has one of the lowest fatality rates, with just over 90 deaths.

On Sunday the country announced an additional 2442 cases of coronavirus and nine new deaths.

Germany, however, is far behind the hardest-hit country in Europe, Italy.

Italy, on Sunday, recorded a further 651 new coronavirus deaths, in the last 24 hours, taking the total to 5,476.

But, in some good news for the country, the rate of increase in new infections was nine percent – the lowest since outbreak began.

Italy has imposed a strict lockdown to try to prevent the spread of the deadly virus — with the country reporting 53,578 cases.

On Saturday evening, Italy recorded 793 deaths in one day.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson, on Saturday evening, warned the UK was “two or three weeks” behind Italy.

The Prime Minister has urged Britons to follow government advice on social distancing, warning further measures will be brought forward, if necessary.

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