German Health Minister Jens Spahn said the government will be able to handle the outbreak of coronavirus speaking at a joint news conference with Interior Minister Horst Seehofer in Berlin on Thursday. The official added that in worst cases quarantine could be enforced by police.

"We are at the start of a corona epidemic in Germany. I said this sentence yesterday very consciously to prepare all of us for a new scenario and a new development. Because we have to expect, that the epidemic will spread here, too, with the developments in Northern Italy and in North Rhine-Westphalia,'' said Spahn.

Seehofer said he supported the decision of the Italian government to keep 'migrants in quarantine, to assure that infections don't get into the country this way.''

"Each month we have about 10,000 migrants coming to Germany. And a significant part of these people travels through other countries, that we have to consider being at risk,'' said the official.

More than 2,800 people died from the novel COVID-19 virus with more than 81,000 infected around the world.

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