Coronavirus live news: Italy overtakes UK for European highest death toll; Germany to close shops as part of tougher restrictions

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8.43pm GMT

Germany will close shops from the middle of next week in a tightening of coronavirus lockdown restrictions, people familiar with the matter said on Saturday.

The decision came ahead of a meeting planned for Sunday between German chancellor Angela Merkel and state leaders.

8.12pm GMT

Italy on Saturday became the European country with the highest official number of Covid fatalities, as its new total of 64,036 deaths overtook Britain, according to an Agence France-Presse tally.

The Italian health ministry said that 649 people had died from the virus in the previous 24 hours and that 19,903 new cases had been diagnosed.

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Source: theguardian