Mandatory credit: Cologne Cathedral

The first public service was held in Cologne's famed cathedral after an almost six-week pause during Germany's coronavirus lockdown, on Sunday, albeit in a limited capacity and under strict social distancing rules.

Footage from inside the cathedral shows priests officiating the service and worshippers in attendance, with a priest giving communion wafers to the faithful from behind a plexiglass barrier, although he was not wearing gloves.

Services at the cathedral - the third tallest church in the world - are now limited to just 122 people; a steep decline from the 20,000 the church, the largest in the Germany, would typically receive each day.

As of Monday, Germany has registered 165,664 COVID-19 cases and 6,866 deaths related to the virus, according to data compiled by John Hopkins University.

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