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BERLIN (Reuters) - Germany is at the beginning of a coronavirus epidemic after
<new cases sprung up
<that can no longer be traced to the virus’s original source in China,
Health Minister Jens Spahn said on Wednesday.

A total of
<five new cases of coronavirus
<in the west and south of Germany -
<taking the country’s total to around 20 -
meant the disease appeared to be moving to a new phase, Spahn told a news conference, urging health authorities and employers to review their pandemic planning.

“The infection chains are partially no longer trackable, and that is a new thing,” Spahn said.

“Large numbers of people have had contact with the patients, and that is a big change to the 16 patients we had until now where the chain could be traced back to the origin in China.”

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