Germany extends lockdown to end-January, adds stricter measures - Merkel

German Chancellor Angela Merkel attends a news conference after talks with state leaders at the Chancellery in Berlin, Germany January 5, 2021. Michel Kappeler/Pool via REUTERS

BERLIN (Reuters) - Germany is extending its nationwide lockdown until the end of the month and is introducing new tougher restrictions in a bid to get control of surging coronavirus infections, Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Tuesday.

“We need to restrict contact more strictly... We ask all citizens to restrict contact to the absolute minimum,” she told journalists following a meeting with the leaders of Germany’s 16 federal states.

Reporting by Joseph Nasr, Madeline Chambers and Sabine Siebold; Writing by Maria Sheahan