German health minister says big public events should be cancel to stop virus spread

Germany’s health minister, Jens Spahn, said all public events with more than 1,000 participants should be called off as the country battles the spread of coronavirus. "Given how fast things are developing, that should change quickly," he told DPA news agency.

On Sunday, Germany had a total of 847 confirmed cases, according to the country's official disease control institute.

The deadly virus has spread to more than 90 countries with death tolls above 3000 and total infected people also above 100,000 globally. On December 31, 2019, the Chinese authorities reported to the World Health Organization about an outbreak of pneumonia of unknown etiology in Wuhan, an economic and industrial megalopolis with a population of 11 million.

The virus was identified on January 7 as 2019-nCoV. As of today, 103 countries and territories, including South Africa, Nigeria, Russia, have reported confirmed coronavirus cases.

The WHO in January declared the new coronavirus outbreak a public health emergency of international concern, characterizing it as an epidemic with multiple locations. 

WHO Director General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus stated on February 11 that the organization gave the novel coronavirus an official name of COVID-19.

According to the latest reports, over 106,200 cases of patients infected with the novel coronavirus have been confirmed in China and other countries. The virus’ death toll has reached 3,600, yet more than 60,190 patients have recovered from the disease.

The largest number of coronavirus infections outside China has been registered in South Korea, Iran and Italy.

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