Most people will get the coronavirus, aim is to slow its spread – Merkel

German Chancellor Merkel addresses a news conference on coronavirus in Berlin
German Chancellor Angela Merkel address a news conference on coronavirus in Berlin, Germany, March 11, 2020. REUTERS/Axel Schmidt

Up to 70% of the population is likely to be infected with the coronavirus that is currently spreading around the world, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said, adding that since there was currently no cure the focus had to be on slowing its spread.

“When the virus is out there, the population has no immunity and no therapy exists, then 60 to 70% of the population will be infected,” she told a news conference in Berlin. “The process has to be focused on not overburdening the health system by slowing the virus’s spread.

“It’s about winning time.”