Coronavirus latest: Angela Merkel to quarantine after meeting infected doctor


German authorities have issued a ban on more than two people meeting. Authorities say such a ban makes more sense than locking people in their homes. Follow DW for the latest.

Germany has announced heavy restrictions on contact between people

  • Angela Merkel must go into quarantine after meeting with an infected doctor
  • The global death toll from the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus pandemic has surpassed 13,500 people with more than 313,000 known infected
  • Over 95,000 globally have recovered from COVID-19, the disease caused by the virus
  • Italy has ordered all nonessential production to shut down in what its prime minister called the country’s “gravest crisis since World War II.”

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23:28 A European clinical trial to assess four possible experimental treatments for the novel coronavirus has been launched in France.

French public health research body Inserm said the study would involve some 3,200 people who have been hospitalized with severe COVID-19 symptoms. The patients are expected to be drawn from Germany, Belgium, Sweden, Britain, France, Luxembourg and Spain, Inserm said in a statement.


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