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Limit of six people at Spanish Christmas gatherings

The Spanish government is planning to limit Christmas and New Year gatherings to six people and to set a 1am to 6am curfew for Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve, according to a leaked document seen by several Spanish newspapers.

“With respect to family gatherings, we recommend they be limited to members of the same household. Should there be an external guest who does not usually live with the family, gatherings should include a maximum of six people and preventative measures must be followed,” says the draft.

Spain, which has been under a state of emergency since late October, is hoping to have what the government calls “a very substantial part” of the population vaccinated against the coronavirus by the end of March 2021, and will set up 13,000 vaccination points to facilitate the process.

It emerged on Monday

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Germany to prioritize vaccinations in care homes

BERLIN — German Chancellor Angela Merkel says nursing home workers and the people they are caring for will be among the first to get access to coronavirus vaccines.

Merkel said Saturday in her weekly video address that staff and residents of nursing homes will “receive priority” as soon as a vaccine is available.

Almost 1 million people in Germany live in nursing and care homes. The country is seeking to buy 100 million doses of a vaccine being developed by German pharmaceutical company BioNTech and U.S. partner Pfizer.

Germany’s disease control agency reported a further 22,461 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the 24 hours to Saturday, as well as 178 additional deaths. Since the start of the pandemic, Germany has recorded 773,556 confirmed cases and 12,378 deaths.

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Proposed troop drawdown in Germany complicates plans to hand back military land – News

Proposed troop drawdown in Germany complicates plans to hand back military land


STUTTGART, Germany — U.S. European Command is still holding off on a years-old plan to return numerous military sites to Germany as it examines whether the facilities will be needed “in response to the strategic shift in the security environment,” EUCOM said.


A directive from President Donald Trump to withdraw some 12,000 U.S. troops from Germany and move numerous units elsewhere in Europe or to the U.S. has further complicated the plan, which was first announced by the Pentagon in 2015.


Delays have sparked frustration in some German communities that have been eager to acquire the military real estate.


In Ansbach, local officials said they only recently learned that Barton Barracks will remain in the Army’s hands for the foreseeable future.


Locals were anticipating the property would be returned by 2021. Government officials

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