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Munich's Oktoberfest likely to be canceled this year, due to outbreak
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Deutsche Welle reports that although slated to start only on September 19, it's "unlikely" Oktoberfest will happen this year.

"I am very very skeptical. And based on the current situation, I can hardly imagine that such a large event would even be possible at that time," Markus Söder told local public broadcaster Bayerische Rundfunk on Wednesday evening. A final decision is to be made by Söder, and the mayor of Munich will make a final decision in the next two weeks.

Oktoberfest is the world's largest beer festival and draws in 6 million people every year to the city of Munich.