A total of 1,139 cases have been confirmed in Germany, according to the federal agency for disease prevention [Kai Pfaffenbach/Reuters]

Berlin, Germany – Attending concerts, clubs or football games should be avoided to limit the spread of coronavirus, German health authorities say amid growing panic in Europe over the epidemic as neighbouring Italy began a weeks-long national lockdown.

The warnings followed recent official confirmation of an incident in Berlin in late February, in which one person infected 16 others at the Trompete nightclub, accounting for almost one-third of the capital’s total cases.

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“There are things that you can simply do without,” Lothar Wieler, head of Robert Koch Institute (RKI), Germany‘s federal agency for disease prevention, told reporters on Tuesday.

“We’re just at

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