Germany: Berlin schools half-empty on eve of their closure amid coronavirus fears

Some Berlin pupils already refrained from going to school on Monday, as schools will be closed from Tuesday in an effort to contain the spread of the novel coronavirus. Footage shows the GutMuths school in Mitte, Sonnenschein kindergarten in Kreuzberg and Ikarus elementary school with less pupils compared to a normal Monday morning and displaying announcements at the respective entrances... Еще, notifying parents of the looming closure. Berliners were split on the issue, with most agreeing with the measures, while one man, Peter, found the Corona issue to be exaggerated. There are currently over 5,800 confirmed cases of coronavirus in Germany, with 13 fatalities. In addition to schools and universities, Germany is reportedly set to shut down services ranging from bars and clubs to sports facilities on Tuesday. Supermarkets, pharmacies and essential services such as post offices and banks will reportedly remain open.

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