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Merkel criticises populists who say coronavirus is harmless

BERLIN, Oct 29 (Reuters) - Populists who purport the coronavirus is harmless are dangerous and irresponsible, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Thursday, a day after she announced a circuit break lockdown, adding the pandemic is a challenge for the democratic system.

“It is only with solidarity and transparency that we will be able to confront the pandemic,” she said. (Writing by Madeline Chambers and Sabine Siebold Editing by Michelle Adair)

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