NBC News reports:
German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Thursday warned that the battle against the coronavirus was in its early stages and that the pandemic looked set to be part of life for the long term.
The leader of Europe’s largest economy also lent her support to the embattled World Health Organization, which has come under fire from President Donald Trump for its handling of the global pandemic.
“No one likes to hear this, but we are living at the beginning of the pandemic,” Merkel said in an address to the Bundestag, the lower house of Parliament. She also warned that Germany was still on “thin ice.” “We cannot return to life before the pandemic,” Merkel added. “Our everyday lives will be different.”