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Chronology: Germany and Covid 19 (‘Coronavirus’)

The Coronavirus outbreak has led to dramatic developments, foremost in China. In Germany, the number of confirmed Coronavirus cases stood at 16 until some patients were declared healthy. This is what happened since January 16th, 2020.

Sunday, February 16th, 2020

More than 100 German evacuees and their families who spent two weeks in quarantine at an Air Force base in Germersheim were supposed to be released after one more round of Coronavirus tests.

Saturday, February 15th, 2020

A total of three individuals who used to be infected with the virus are back home. They were released from hospitals in Frankfurt and Munich.

Two Germans on board the cruise ship ‘Diamond Princess’ outside Yokohama (Japan) are reportedly infected. So are 283 other passengers and crew members.

Friday, February 14th, 2020 Coronavirus cases: 16

According to German-language media reports, German evacuees from Wuhan who are in quarantine at a Berlin hospital say their situation was burdensome. This applied to both them and their helpers. The number of showers and toilets was insufficient. The Red Cross states any complaints would be taken seriously.

Two German evacuees who were infected and treated at a hospital in Frankfurt are being released. Their doctors do not believe they are still contagious. In the meantime, the evacuees in Germersheim might be released soon. The health authorities will take a decision on Sunday.

Thursday, February 13th, 2020 Coronavirus cases: 16

After talks with his E.U. colleagues in Brussels, Germany’s Health Minister Jens Spahn says flight passengers could be questioned about contacts they had had in the past weeks. This was about a quick identification of seat neighbors in case of a Coronavirus infection, Spahn states.

German media start calling the Coronavirus by its new name Covid-19.

Wednesday, February 12th, 2020 Coronavirus cases: 16

Two more individuals in Bavaria are infected with the Coronavirus. Like most other patients in Germany, they are connected to the company which hosted a workshop with a Chinese colleague on January 21st, 2020. The lady from Shanghai did not know she was infected.

On February 9th, Chinese citizens in Berlin commemorate doctor Li Wenliang. Photo: Imanuel Marcus

Health Minister Jens Spahn says checking the body temperature of passengers at airports did not make sense, because many infected individuals did not have symptoms.

The government in Berlin intends to allocate 23 million Euro (25 million Dollars or 19 million Pounds Sterling) for the fight against the Coronavirus.

Monday, February 10th, 2020 Coronavirus cases: 14

Berlin’s Health Senator Dilek Kalayci announces that none of the 20 new evacuees from Wuhan are infected with the Coronavirus. “We are relieved”, she states.

According to Kalayci, the 20 German evacuees in Berlin are well. The 16 adults and four children had been separated into groups and accommodated in twelve rooms with beds, TV and WiFi. They may leave the building and walk around in a fenced yard as long as they are in quarantine.

Sunday, February 9th, 2020 Coronavirus cases: 14

Twenty German evacuees and family members arrive Berlin. They are being checked at the Red Cross Hospital in the Köpenick district, where they will have to stay in quarantine for at least two weeks.

These evacuees were on board a British plane chartered for British and other European citizens. In Berlin, the Foreign Ministry thanked the British for “an act of European solidarity”, nine days after the United Kingdom left the E.U..

At Brandenburg Gate, Chinese citizens living in Berlin commemorate Li Wenliang, the doctor and whistleblower from Wuhan who died of the Coronavirus on February 7th.

Friday, February 7th, 2020: Coronavirus cases: 14

The wife of a Bavarian employee of the company Webasto becomes the 14 confirmed Coronavirus case in Germany. She is being treated at the Schwabing Hospital in Munich. So far, 12 of the 14 cases in Germany are connected to that company, since a lady from China who did not know about her infection took part in a workshop with colleagues.

Germany intends to evacuate more of its citizens from Wuhan, along with Austrians and nationals of Luxemburg. This time the evacuees might be put into quarantine in Berlin. (Read separate article here.)

According to German scientists, the virus can survive on surfaces, including door handles, for up to nine days.

In China, more than 31,100 people are infected with the Coronavirus. The authorities say 636 patients had died.

Thursday, February 6th, 2020: Coronavirus cases: 13

Bavaria’s Health Ministry confirmed the 13th Coronavirus case in Germany. The patient is the wife of one of the patients confirmed days ago. Two of her three children carry the virus as well.

Wednesday, February 5th, 2020: Coronavirus cases: 12

Scientists at the Institute for Virology at Berlin’s Charité hospital, Munich’s Schwabing Clinic and the Institute for Microbiology at the Bundeswehr, Germany’s armed forces, reportedly come to the the Coronavirus can be contagious even when the patient’s symptoms are minor. They also found out that the virus multiplies not only in the patient’s lungs, but also in their throats and digestive tract.

Tuesday, February 4th, 2020 Coronavirus cases: 12

According to German-language media, eight Germans are stuck on a cruise ship outside the Japanese city Yokohama, along with 2658 passengers and about 1000 crew members from other nations. They were quarantined because the Coronavirus might be spreading on the ship.

The Foreign Ministry in Berlin again warns Germans of trips to Wuhan and advises citizens against trips to China, except for journeys to the special administrative regions Hong Kong and Macao.

Monday, February 3rd, 2020 Coronavirus cases: 12

Another two people in Bavaria, namely yet another employee of the same company and a second child of one of the individuals confirmed as infected earlier, are being tested positive for the Coronavirus.

In China, the number of infected officially stands at 20,400. According to the Chinese authorities, 425 of those infected have died.

Lufthansa, Swiss and Austrian Airlines announce they would not be flying to Beijing or Shanghai until February 29th, 2020. A few days before, the had cancelled those flights until February 9th. Hong Kong is still on the flight plan though.

Sunday, February 2nd, 2020 Coronavirus cases: 10

Two of the evacuees from Wuhan are being tested positive as well.

Most of them are being taken to Germersheim, where they need to be in quarantine for at least two weeks. They are being separated into four groups.

Germany’s Health Minister sees a “dynamic situation” and criticized conspiracy theories related to the Coronavirus that were spreading on the Internet.

Health Minister Spahn says the Internet was full of conspiracy theories about the virus.

Saturday, February 1st, 2020 Coronavirus cases: 8

Yet another employee of the same company becomes a confirmed Coronavirus case.

In Spain, an additional German citizen tests positive. He is being treated there (case not counted).

124 Germans and other nationals are being evacuated from Wuhan by the German Air Force.

Friday, January 31st, 2020 Coronavirus cases: 7

One of the three children of the man who tested positive a day earlier is infected. His wife and his other two children have flu-like symptoms as well, but they test negative.

An additional employee of the company most other infected individuals work for is being tested positive.

Thursday, January 30th, 2020 Coronavirus cases: 5

Yet another employee of that company, from Traunstein county, is being tested positive.

Several suspected cases are reported in several federal states within Germany.

Wednesday, January 29th, 2020 Coronavirus cases: 4

Lufthansa cancels all flights to and from China, except those to and from Hong Kong until February 9th or further notice.

Tuesday, January 28th, 2020 Coronavirus cases: 4

Three more employees of the same Bavarian company, two men and one woman, test positive. Two of them were in contact with the first German Coronavirus patient and one with the lady from Shanghai.

Monday, January 27th, 2020 Coronavirus cases: 1

From Shanghai, the Chinese woman informs the company she works for in Bavaria about her Coronavirus infection.

Her German colleague is being tested positive. He is the first confirmed case in Germany.

Sunday, January 26th, 2020 Coronavirus cases: 0

On this Sunday, the sick man feels a lot better. The lady from Shanghai is being tested positive.

The Berlin Health Ministry says it feared panic more than the Coronavirus.

Friday, January 24th, 2020 Coronavirus cases: 0

The Bavarian man who took part in that workshop feels sick. He suffers from a soar throat, high temperature and muscle pan.

On that same day, the German Health Ministry in Berlin says there was “no reason for unease or alarmism” because of the Coronavirus. Germany was prepared. At major airports, staffers are looking for any signs of sickness on incoming passengers from China.

Thursday, January 23rd, 2020 Coronavirus cases: 0

The visitor from China takes her return flight to Shanghai. On the way, she feels sick.

Wednesday, January 22nd, 2020 Coronavirus cases: 0

Germany’s Foreign Ministry updates its travel warnings on China twice.

Tuesday, January 21st, 2020 Coronavirus cases: 0

With a German colleague, the Chinese guest takes part in a workshop.

Sunday, January 19th, 2020 Coronavirus cases: 0

The Chinese woman flies to Germany to work with her colleagues at a company in the Bavarian town of Stockdorf. Neither does she know she is infected, nor does she have symptoms.

Thursday, January 16th, 2020 Coronavirus cases: 0

A Chinese lady in Shanghai welcomes her parents from the Wuhan region.

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