'Be lazy, save lives,' Germans urged in COVID video

The clip, released as Germany battles an upsurge in COVID-19 cases, cheekily contrasts the modest sacrifices required of today's young people - stay home, avoid unnecessary contacts - with those of older Germans who endured real war and hardship.

It features an elderly man, Anton Lehmann, looking back to 2020 when, aged just 22, he had to give up partying, meeting girls and drinking with friends.

The music scratches to a halt, and we see his younger self lounging on the sofa, snacking.

The clip is one in a series posted online by Chancellor Angela Merkel's spokesman in an effort to get young people to play their part in curbing the spread of the coronavirus amid fears that it could soon overwhelm the German healthcare system.