March 20, 2020 / 9:33 AM / 17 days ago

German health czar: It's up to authorities to decide on curfew

BERLIN, March 20 (Reuters) - The health official leading Germany’s fight against coronavirus urged people on Friday to keep their distance to curb the pandemic, but said it was up to the authorities to decide whether to impose a curfew to force them to do so.

“We recommend keeping maximal distance. It is up to the authorities to decide on the measures needed to achieve that,” Lothar Wieler, president of the Robert Koch Institute, told reporters.

He spoke after the number of German cases of COVID-19 rose by 2,958 overnight to 13,957. The number of fatalities rose by 11 to 31. (Reporting by Douglas Busvine; editing by Thomas Seythal)

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