German Chancellor Angela Merkel favors a short, nationwide lockdown for Germany to fight the pandemic, a spokesman said.
The country has seen various forms of shutdown over the winter, but is struggling to get infections under control. Under its federal system, each of the 16 states can ultimately determine its own rules.
This set of rules “does not contribute to security and acceptance at the moment”, spokeswoman Ulrike Demmer told reporters and the health system “is under intense pressure”.
The number of free intensive care beds in the country has fallen to the lowest level since the beginning of the pandemic, reports the German magazine Focus.
Germany, which has the largest economy and largest population in the EU, has registered nearly 77,500 deaths from Covid-19 and nearly 2.9 million cases of infection, according to Johns Hopkins University.