Germany pushes for vaccine mandate – will the UK follow Angela Merkel's lockdown plan?

Around 68.7 percent of the German population is fully vaccinated, which is significantly below the 75 percent minimum target that ministers are aiming for.

Ms Merkel told reporters in Berlin that the measures are an “act of national solidarity”.

She said that “the situation in our country is serious”, adding that she was “depressed” by the strength of the fourth wave of infections that Germany is facing.

In addition, to the restrictions aimed at the unvaccinated, masks will be required to be worn in schools and new limits will be imposed on private meetings.