'Difficult months ahead' warns Merkel as restrictions tighten across Europe

'Difficult months ahead' warns Merkel as restrictions tighten across Europe
A bar manager closes a bar terrace in Lille, northern France, Tuesday Sept. 29, 2020. French President Emmanuel Macron justified on Monday new restrictions in the country to limit the spread of the virus as restaurant and bar owners forced to shut down expressed anger at the measures. Milder restrictions have been ordered in ten other cities including Paris, with gyms shut down, public gatherings of more than 10 people banned and bars ordered to close at 10 p.m. (AP Photo/Michel Spingler) (AP)
Bar and owners and waiters, one of them holding a placard reading "Bars Restaurants Clubs, We want to survive" attend a protest against the closing of bars and indoor sports facilities, in front of Saint Lazare station, in Paris Tuesday, Oct. 13, 2020. Some parts of France have been put on maximum coronavirus alert level, which means shutting down bars, implementing stricter measures in restaurants and limiting private gatherings. (AP Photo/Francois Mori)
People enjoy a drink on the promenade on October 16, 2020 in Blackpool, England. The Lancashire region will go into Tier 3 of Covid-19 lockdown restrictions from 00.01 Saturday 17th October. (Getty)
A sign showing London's alert level has been raised to medium after a surge in cases. (AP)
German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier, arrives with his wife Elke Buendenbender, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Dietmar Woidke, President of the Federal Council, with his wife Susanne Woidke during an Ecumenical church service to mark the 30th anniversary of German reunification on October 03, 2020 in Potsdam, Germany (Getty)
Clients wear protective face masks as they arrive at Hevre restaurant bar on October 17, 2020 in Krakow, Poland (Getty)
A paramedic takes swabs to test for COVID-19 at a drive-through at the San Paolo hospital, in Milan, Italy, October 15, 2020. Coronavirus infections are surging again in the region of northern Italy where the pandemic first took hold in Europe, renewing pressure on hospitals and health care workers. (AP)