Germany’s Health Minister has called for further restrictions to contain a dramatic surge in coronavirus cases as the country’s infection rate hits a record high.

The United States advised against travel to Germany. Health Minister Jens Spahn has called for more public spaces to be restricted to those who were vaccinated or recently recovered from COVID-19 and also had a negative test, in a bid to contain Germany’s fourth wave.

Spahn has not ruled out lockdowns, although he says the region would decide upon this.

With Germany grappling with concerns about the supply of the BioNTech-Pfizer vaccine, the company brought forward the delivery of one-million doses originally planned for December.