Meanwhile, the chief of staff the chancellory suggested that restrictions might be needed until March.
The premiers of the sixteen states of the Federal Republic are due to discuss their plans with Chancellor Angela Merkel on Wednesday
Spain and Germany were the first European Union countries to have a complete vaccination plan in place.
The European Asylum Support Office (EASO) said that despite challenges posed by COVID-19 in 2020, it has dramatically up-scaled its operational presence and increased support to Cyprus, Greece, Italy and Malta
Germany’s Agriculture Minister Julia Klöckner urged consumers to avoid stockpiling, as coronavirus infections have risen and with it, anxiety levels about possible lockdowns.
The bodies of the five children, three girls and two boys, were found in Solingen, near Cologne and Duesseldorf.
New rules for mandatory coronavirus tests for travellers entering Germany from countries designated as risk areas are due to come into effect next week.