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Germany’s health minister urges local officials to prepare for a pandemic

UNITED STATES (OBSERVATORY NEWS) — Germany’s health minister says the country is at the start of an epidemic, urges local officials to prepare for a pandemic.

Germany is at the beginning of a coronavirus epidemic after new cases sprung up which can no longer be traced to the virus’s original source in China, Health Minister Jens Spahn said on Wednesday.

“The infection chains are partially no longer trackable, and that is a new thing,” he told a news conference. “Large numbers of people have had contact with the patients, and that is a big change to the 16 patients we had until now where the chain could be traced back to the origin in China.”

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