Coronavirus in Germany: Oktoberfest likely canceled due to outbreak
19 April 2020 | 3:20 pm
With events banned until the end of August, the Oktoberfest could escape the lockdown. But although slated to start September 19, officials say it's "unlikely" the world's biggest beer festival will happen this year.
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