The coronavirus health emergency is brought under control for the time being, Health Minister Jens Spahn said on Friday.

Speaking at a news conference in Berlin, Spahn underlined that number of coronavirus patients has been below those recovered from the virus since Sunday, and hospitals have nearly 10,000 free intensive care beds at the moment.

“As things stand today, the outbreak is again controllable, has become controllable,” Spahn said, stressing that the lockdown measures have helped authorities to significantly reduce new infections, preventing healthcare system from being overburdened.

At the same news conference, Prof. Lothar Wieler, head of the

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