Germany on Wednesday ordered a new round of shutdowns for the cultural, leisure as well as food and drink sectors, in a bid to halt a surge in new coronavirus infections.
Most healthcare systems in Europe offer a good level of care. But which countries spend the most money on healthcare? Which do well in independent ratings? And which regions have the best life expectancy?
The Anmeldung is most people's first experience of German bureaucracy. It's also a legal requirement.
Every October the Association of German Taxpayers publishes its “black book” of the worst public spending sins in each federal state. The winners this year include a €20 bottle of water and some very pampered hamsters.
Health Minister Jens Spahn has defended government proposals for a lockdown in Germany in November.
Chancellor Angela Merkel is seeking drastic new curbs, including fresh shutdowns, amid fears over the impact of the coronavirus resurgence.
UPDATE: Berlin has expanded expanded the list of streets on which wearing as face mask is obligatory, adding 23 new streets.