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Germany not considering closing borders due to coronavirus at moment - spokesman

BERLIN (Reuters) - The German government is not considering closing the country’s borders at the moment due to the coronavirus outbreak, a spokesman for the Interior Ministry said on Monday.

Austria suspended train services over the Alps to Italy for about four hours on Sunday before restarting them after two travellers tested negative for coronavirus on a train travelling from Venice, Italy, to Munich in Germany. Italy is battling an explosion of coronavirus cases.

A spokeswoman for the Foreign Ministry said Germany was not issuing a travel warning for Italy but said it had updated its advice on travel there.

A Health Ministry spokesman said the danger to the German population from coronavirus remained low but warned the assessment could change at short notice.

Reporting by Michelle Martin; Editing by Scot W. Stevenson