German minister: Coronavirus peak ‘has not yet been reached’

German Health Minister Jens Spahn warns that the coronavirus outbreak is expected to worsen, while calling on people in Germany to remain calm.

“The peak of the spread has not yet been reached,” Spahn told lawmakers in Berlin, adding that authorities are working to slow the rising rate of infection.

“When in doubt, the security of the population takes precedence, including over economic interests,” he said.

He called the coronavirus outbreak in Germany an epidemic, stating that around 240 cases of infection have been confirmed, although the severity of the situation varies according to region.

The minister announced that the federal government would now take over the procurement of protective clothing for doctors’ surgeries and hospitals.

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