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Unclear for how long German anti-pandemic measures must remain in place - RKI

Security personal are seen at the empty Heumarkt (hay market) in Cologne as the traditional celebrations for the start of the famous Cologne carnival season are officially cancelled due to the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Cologne, Germany, November 11, 2020. Sign reads "For your security: from here on no glass bottles - but with mask". REUTERS/Thilo Schmuelgen/Files

BERLIN (Reuters) - It is unclear for how long German measures to slow the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic will have to remain in place, the head of the Robert Koch Institute for infectious diseases said on Thursday.

“We’ll see how that works out. I can’t predict that,” Lothar Wieler said at a virtual news conference.

Reporting by Thomas Seythal and Kirsti Knolle