Protests take place in Germany over COVID restrictions

Protesters outside the German parliament gathered opposing the COVID-19 restrictions. A police spokesman said officers had to break up the protest because people were not wearing masks or keeping a minimum safe distance. He said about 60 people were detained, and that while police had to use pepper spray against other demonstrators who threw bottles and tried to climb over barriers, acts of violence were minimal. 

Meanwhile, the German Parliament  passed a national virus law which gives federal government the authority to impose lockdown measures in areas with high coronavirus infection rate. 

The legislation is due to go to the Bundesrat, the upper house of parliament, on Thursday.

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