Coronavirus Updates: German cities implement curfews, restricted sale of alcohol as cases spike

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Sunday, October 11, 2020
Curfews, restricted sale of alcohol go into effect in German cities
Several cities in Germany reached the critical warning level of 50 new infections per 100,000 residents.

NEW YORK (WABC) -- German authorities introduced curfews and restricted the sale of alcohol in Berlin and Frankfurt to battle a sharp rise in coronavirus cases.

Several cities in Germany reached the critical warning level of 50 new infections per 100,000 residents.

Many business owners have criticized the new restrictions, fearing they will severely damage the economy.

Meanwhile, the NFL announced the Denver Broncos at New England Patriots game scheduled for Monday has been postponed.

Both teams will now have a Week 5 bye. The game will now be played in Week 6 on Sunday, October 18.

"The decision was made to ensure the health and safety of players, coaches and game day personnel and in consultation with medical experts," the NFL said in a statement.

Several other NFL games have also been affected, including two Jets games.

The Jets will now play the Dolphins in Miami next week, rather than in Week 10.

They were scheduled to play the Chargers in Los Angeles, that game was moved to Week 11, Sunday, November 22.

Also, the Tennessee Titans said on Sunday they learned that a staff member tested positive.

"We have temporarily closed our facility and are in communication with the league on the next steps," the Titans said.

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