Why are COVID case numbers so high in Germany’s Saxony?
18 January 2022 | 11:02 am
Germany's COVID-19 case numbers have recently reached record highs. In the state of Saxony, they are particularly worrisome. Now the unvaccinated will be barred from restaurants and cultural sites. DW went to the city of Bautzen to find out what people think.
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