Merkel's chief of staff: "Pandemic to last least for rest of year"
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  • 11:50 07 May 2020

Merkel's chief of staff: "Pandemic to last least for rest of year"

The coronavirus pandemic will last for at least the rest of this year, German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s chief of staff told Deutschlandfunk radio on Thursday, ONA reports citing Reuters.

“We are not living after the pandemic now - rather we are living in the middle of a pandemic, one that will be with us for a while - at least for this year and that’s being very optimistic,” Helge Braun said.

Merkel announced steps on Wednesday to ease the coronavirus lockdown in Germany but at the same time launched an “emergency brake” mechanism allowing for renewed restrictions in case infections pick up again.

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