Germany's retail association expects 120,000 retailers to shut down for good by the end of the pandemic. Online competition is opening up in prime locations - in Berlin as well.
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Merkel has warned that coronavirus restrictions may have to be reintroduced to curb a rise in cases. The chancellor also called for "patience" in the wake of last week's devastating floods.
Researchers say two shots of either BioNTech-Pfizer or AstraZeneca vaccines are highly effective against variants. Elsewhere, China has declined to follow an investigation into the virus's origins. Follow DW for more.
Some countries are reporting more new coronavirus infections compared with the previous two weeks. Global data trends show that the coronavirus pandemic isn't over yet. DW sums up the current situation in three charts.
A mobile app, designed to curb infections, impacted the UK's food supply as over 600,000 people were told to go into quarantine. The government is now carving out some exemptions.
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