The German army (Bundeswehr) will mobilize 15,000 soldiers to help support federal states and local authorities in the fight against the worsening coronavirus crisis, dpa news agency quoted Lieutenant General Martin Schelleis as saying in Berlin on Friday.

Speaking at a telephone news conference, Schelleis said the soldiers were not assigned to ongoing foreign missions and are now ready “on a step-by-step basis” to aid in the fight against the virus, known as COVID-19.

Schelleis, who coordinates and leads the military assistance mission, said there would be four regional command centers countrywide for the anti-coronavirus mission, adding that

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