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Germany will spend what it takes to tackle the coronavirus which is likely to infect up to 70 per cent of the population in Europe's largest economy, Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Wednesday.


"We will do what we need to get through this. And then at the end we will look at what that means for our budget," she told reporters, seeming to distance herself from Germany's policy of no new borrowing.


Though conceding she did not know how the crisis would develop, Merkel said the risk was huge.


"When the virus is out there, and the population has no immunity and no vaccination or therapy exists, then a high percentage - experts say 60 to 70 per cent of the population - will be infected, so long as this remains the case," she said.


That drew swift criticism from the Czech prime minister who said Merkel's remarks could cause panic.


Germany has confirmed three deaths related to the coronavirus. It has reported 1,567 cases, according to the Robert Koch Institute for disease control.



Source: Reuters

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Germany will spend what it takes to tackle the coronavirus which is likely to infect up to 70 per cent of the population in Europe's largest economy, Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Wednesday.


"We will do what we need to get through this. And then at the end we will look at what that means for our budget," she told reporters, seeming to distance herself from Germany's policy of no new borrowing.


Though conceding she did not know how the crisis would develop, Merkel said the risk was huge.


"When the virus is out there, and the population has no immunity and no vaccination or therapy exists, then a high percentage - experts say 60 to 70 per cent of the population - will be infected, so long as this remains the case," she said.


That drew swift criticism from the Czech prime minister who said Merkel's remarks could cause panic.


Germany has confirmed three deaths related to the coronavirus. It has reported 1,567 cases, according to the Robert Koch Institute for disease control.



Source: Reuters

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