Coronavirus cases are rising exponentially in Germany, officials warn, as continental Europe braces for a third wave of infections, APA reports citing BBC.
Germany's public health body, the Robert Koch Institute, said that highly contagious virus variants could force the country back into lockdown.
France, Poland and other nations are reintroducing restrictions.
German Health Minister Jens Spahn has said that Europe lacks the vaccines needed to significantly reduce cases.
"We have to be honest about the situation - in Europe we don't have enough vaccines to stop a third wave through vaccinations alone," he told reporters on Friday.