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    The German chancellor has gone into self-quarantine after having been treated by a doctor who later tested positive for the coronavirus infection. In the meantime, authorities have boosted security measures across the country to curb the pandemic.

    German Finance Minister Olaf Scholz stated on Monday that he will be holding a speech in the parliament later this week in Chancellor Angela Merkel's place. He noted that the government would introduce measures to help businesses, but predicted that there will be a roughly five percent decline in GDP.

    "We have concluded that we are capable of protecting the country, the health of our citizens, the economy and employment positions despite the very significant changes... We will present this week in the Bundestag [parliament] a draft of an additional budget in the amount of almost 156 billion euros", he announced.
    Paramedics from a patient transport company wearing face masks and gloves as they stand at the entrance to an apartment building to pick up a patient in the district Steglitz in Berlin, Germany, March 17, 2020
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    Paramedics from a patient transport company wearing face masks and gloves as they stand at the entrance to an apartment building to pick up a patient in the district Steglitz in Berlin, Germany, March 17, 2020

    The additional allocation is meant for companies, self-employed persons, renters, and families, the finance minister specified.

    Germany recently reported a surge in the number of confirmed coronavirus cases and now occupies fifth place in terms of the total number of infected, with almost 25,000 cases. At the same time, the death toll in the country has reached 94.

    Meanwhile, there are 340,000 cases of the COVID-19 across the world and at least 14,750 deaths in various countries. Almost 100,000 infected, however, have recovered from the disease.

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