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Markus Soeder, Minister President of Bavaria, attends a press conference to comment on the increasing rates of coronavirus infections. Sven Hoppe/dpa

The southern German state of Bavaria has cancelled all its Christmas markets and ordered the closure of clubs and bars in an effort to curb a severe fourth wave of coronavirus infections. State premier Markus Soeder announced the move, adding that the closures of clubs and bars would last for an initial period of three weeks. The measures come just days after Soeder's government announced the cancellation of the Munich Christmas market - the state's biggest.

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Jeff Danziger lives in New York City. He is represented by CWS Syndicate and the Washington Post Writers Group. He is the recipient of the Herblock Prize and the Thomas Nast (Landau) Prize. He served in the US Army in Vietnam and was awarded the Bronze Star and the Air Medal. He has published eleven books of cartoons, a novel and a memoir. Visit him at DanzigerCartoons.

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