The Coronavirus outbreak has led to dramatic developments in Germany. This is what happened since January 16th, 2020, just before the first Coronavirus wave hit.
Saturday, July 4th, 2020 Coronavirus cases: 196,780 (09:10 a.m. CEDT)
For the first time since Corona hit Germany in January, the virus has not been present much, on the first pages of dailies, for an entire week. The local Corona outbreaks seem to be under control as much as they can be at this stage, the number of new infections is still low, in spite of big gatherings during protests and illegal parties. But this ‘Corona break’ in the media is most likely a temporary one.
Friday, July 3rd, 2020 Coronavirus cases: 196,723 (2:35 p.m. CEDT)
Health Minister Jens Spahn concedes failures by the German government during the ongoing Corona crisis. He tells the ‘Spiegel’ weekly, masks should have been purchased earlier. Spahn also says there would be more pandemics in future. Bacteria and bio terrorism were other dangers Germany needed to watch out for.
Thursday, July 2nd, 2020 Coronavirus cases: 196,370 (8:05 p.m. CEDT)
Chancellor Merkel says Corona was the biggest crisis the European Union had ever been confronted with. During Germany’s Presidency of the Council of the European Union, overcoming the crisis is high on the agenda. Merkel states the answer to the unprecedented Corona crisis needed to be massive and really have an effect. “We will work hard, and we will show resolve”, she promises.
Wednesday, July 1st, 2020 Coronavirus cases: 195,837 (10:20 a.m. CEDT)
The European aircraft manufacturer announces it would have to cut 15,000 jobs around the world, including more than 5,000 in Germany. Corona is to blame. Airbus believes air traffic will not recover before 2023.
Tuesday, June 30th, 2020 Coronavirus cases: 195,398 (11:45 a.m. CEDT)
Armin Laschet, the First Minister of North Rhine-Westphalia says there would be more Corona outbreaks like in Gütersloh county, where 1,500 workers at a meat factory recently tested positive for Corona.
Laschet also criticized “premature action” by some of his colleagues. They were restricting people’s basic rights. At some point in the Corona crisis, Laschet became one of those who wanted to give people their freedom as soon as possible. He was also the one who announced the new semi-lockdown in Gütersloh county.
Monday, June 29th, 2020 Coronavirus cases: 194,898 (10:45 a.m. CEDT)
Germany’s Health Minister Jens Spahn is criticizing Bavaria for announcing Corona tests for all inhabitants of the federal state. The plan sounded good, but was not expedient since it increased the risk for erroneous positive tests, he says. According to Spahn, this approach can lull those who test negative into a false sense of security.
Sunday, June 28th, 2020 Coronavirus cases: 194,458 (07:15 a.m. CEDT)
Chancellor Angela Merkel says overcoming the Coronavirus pandemic and its consequences was the top priority during Germany’s Presidency of the Council of the European Union, which commences on July 1st, 2020.
In Gütersloh county, 75 persons who are not connected to the Tönnies meat factory in any way, tested positive for Corona. Among workers and other employees at the slaughterhouse itself, more than 1,500 are infected.
Saturday, June 27th, 2020 Coronavirus cases: 194,036 (08:52 a.m. CEDT)
Germany’s federal government and its sixteen federal states agree on a hotel rule for residents of counties with high infection numbers. In the meantime, the city state of Berlin is trying to enforce its mask rule.
Friday, June 26th, 2020 Coronavirus cases: 193,981 (07:45 p.m. CEDT)
In Germany, travelers from counties with high Coronavirus infection numbers may only rent hotel rooms outside their county when they prove they are not infected, by showing an official document filled out by their doctor. Recent local Corona outbreaks at slaughterhouses and elsewhere worry Germany.
Thursday, June 25th, 2020 Coronavirus cases: 193,257 (11:35 a.m. CEDT)
Wednesday, June 24th, 2020 Coronavirus cases: 192,480 (10:55 a.m. CEDT)
The residents of yet another apartment block in Berlin are in quarantine after 44 persons tested positive for Corona. In the meantime, three Bulgarians fled the quarantine in Gütersloh county and turned up in their home country.
Tuesday, June 23rd, 2020 Coronavirus cases: 191,768 (08:55 a.m. CEDT)
The number of infected persons among employees and workers of the Tönnies meat factory now stands at 1,553. North Rhine-Westphalia’s First Minister Armin Laschet announces a new lockdown for all of Gütersloh County, in an unprecedented move.
Monday, June 22nd, 2020 Coronavirus cases: 191,272 (08:30 a.m. CEDT)
In Gütersloh county, more than 1,300 persons are infected with Corona. Most of them work at the Tönnies meat factory. In spite of the alarming number, the government of North Rhine-Westphalia refuses to implement a new lockdown in the county affected.
Sunday, June 21st, 2020 Coronavirus cases: 190,670 (08:00 a.m. CEDT)
According to the Robert Koch Institute (RKI), the reproduction number for the Coronavirus in Germany has increased to 1.79. This number number shows how many persons each infected individual passes the Coronavirus on to, statistically. It is supposed to be below the value of 1. Several local Corona outbreaks are to blame, the RKI says.
Saturday, June 20th, 2020 Coronavirus cases: 190,299 (09:45 a.m. CEDT)
Friday, June 19th, 2020 Coronavirus cases: 189,810 (10:25 a.m. CEDT)
Thursday, June 18th, 2020 Coronavirus cases: 188,604 (07:10 a.m. CEDT)
All schools are supposed to reopen after the summer vacations. Large events are forbidden until the end of October. This is the outcome of Chancellor Angela Merkel’s latest meeting with the First Ministers on Wednesday.
Wednesday, June 17th, 2020 Coronavirus cases: 188,252 (07:25 a.m. CEDT)
First Minister Armin Laschet blames “Romanians and Bulgarians” for a serious Coronavirus outbreak at a meat factory in the Gütersloh area. Hundreds are infected, thousands in quarantine.
Chancellor Angela Merkel warns against setbacks in the fight against Corona. Regarding the economical crisis the virus caused, she says she was not sure whether hopes and reality had been merged yet.
Tuesday, June 16th, 2020 Coronavirus cases: 188,213 (12:00 noon CEDT)
The number of new Corona infections is growing a little faster again.
In Berlin, a local health authority is dealing with a Corona outbreak in several apartment blocks. A quarantine was imposed on hundreds of residents many of whom are Romanian families. The health official in charge says the quarantine needs to be enforced. The police is the last resort.
Monday, June 15th, 2020 Coronavirus cases: 187,518 (07:44 a.m. CEDT)
Sunday, June 14th, 2020 Coronavirus cases: 187,267 (1:45 p.m. CEDT)
“In the coming days”, the German government will finally release its ‘Corona App’ for smartphones which is supposed to alert users when they have been in contact with persons infected with the Coronavirus. Originally, the application was supposed to be ready in April.
Saturday, June 13th, 2020 Coronavirus cases: 187,226 (10:20 a.m. CEDT)
The German-Polish border, which had been closed three months ago because of the Coronavirus, reopens. At some crossing points located on bridges across the Oder and Neisse rivers, people from both countries celebrate the event early on Saturday morning.
Friday, June 12th, 2020 Coronavirus cases: 186,691 (09:08 a.m. CEDT)
For a few days now, the number of new Coronavirus cases has been extremely low, in spite of large protests and other gatherings in the past few weeks. Those events have not lead to more infections, it seems.
In Berlin, Chancellery Minister Helge Braun asked the Germans to keep on following the distance and contact rules. The fact that the number of infected was low had to do with the discipline most Germans were showing, Braun said in a television talk show.
Thursday, June 11th, 2020 Coronavirus cases: 186,525 (12:15 p.m. CEDT)
Germany’s neighbor Poland has announced it would reopen the borders to its E.U. neighbors on Friday, June 12th, 2020, at midnight.
Wednesday, June 10th, 2020 Coronavirus cases: 186,522 (12:38 p.m. CEDT)
The German government extends its travel warning for about 160 countries in the world until the end of August. At the same time, inner-European borders, including the ones Germany shares with several neighboring countries, are being opened gradually. By June 15th, people may cross most of them.
Tuesday, June 9th, 2020 Coronavirus cases: 186,233 (11:30 a.m. CEDT)
Thuringia is the first federal state in Germany to dump the contact restrictions, meaning people will be allowed to gather with as many people as they like, from an unlimited number of households.
Mainly because of Corona, Germany’s exports took an enormous hit. In April of 2020, they decreased by almost one third compared to April of last year. The loss is 75.7 billion Euro (85.1 billion U.S. Dollars or 67.3 Pounds Sterling).
Monday, June 8th, 2020 Coronavirus cases: 185,750 (08:45 a.m. CEDT)
At some spots in Germany, protesters and domestic tourists gathered in large crowds this past weekend without following the distance rule. In Berlin, Hamburg, Koblenz, a tourist site in Lower Saxony and elsewhere, police tried to control the crowds.
Sunday, June 7th, 2020 Coronavirus cases: 185,450 (07:20 a.m. CEDT)
The health authority in Vorpommern-Rügen county is dealing with a Corona outbreak among Catholic worshippers who took part in prayer services during the Pentecost holiday a week ago. At least eight individuals, including a priest, are infected. As many as 350 people are in quarantine.
Saturday, June 6th, 2020 Coronavirus cases: 184,924 (08:45 a.m. CEDT)
Germany’s Interior Minister Horst Seehofer says a vaccine against COVID-19 was the most important aspect. In a newspaper interview, he states he believes there might be one towards the end of the year, or even earlier.
The number of new Corona infections per day is below 500 these days.
Friday, June 5th, 2020 Coronavirus cases: 184,472 (07:55 a.m. CEDT)
For the first time since the Corona crisis hit Germany months ago, there are no big issues. The authorities in the port city of Bremerhaven are dealing with a relatively high number of new infections. But the nationwide new infections numbers are still low. Most Germans seem to be following the rules.
Thursday, June 4th, 2020 Coronavirus cases: 184,121 (09:00 a.m. CEDT)
In Berlin, the federal government comes up with a giant economic stimulus program worth 130 billion Euro (146 billion U.S. Dollars or 116 billion Pounds Sterling). Its purpose is to increase buying power and to jump-start the German economy after Corona turned it into lasagna.
Wednesday, June 3rd, 2020 Coronavirus cases: 184,097 (12:40 p.m. CEDT)
The government is busy finalizing a giant economic stimulus package worth up to 100 billion Euro (112 billion U.S. Dollars or 89 billion Pounds Sterling). From June 15th, 2020, Germans will be allowed to travel to 31 countries. And in Berlin, the Corona numbers do not look too good anymore.
Tuesday, June 2nd, 2020 Coronavirus cases: 183,594 (08:00 a.m. CEDT)
In spite of warnings according to which a second Coronavirus wave would hit because of the lifting of bans and the easing on restrictions, nothing of the kind has happened so far. In fact, the number of new infections in Germany is extremely low.
The city state of Berlin is lifting several restrictions today. Pubs may now open. Of course, strict rules apply. Gyms, ballet schools, casinos, gambling halls, churches, mosques and synagogues have the right to reopen as well.
Monday, June 1st, 2020 Coronavirus cases: 183.410 (09:20 a.m. CEDT)
In Thuringia’s Sonneberg county, Germany’s latest local Corona outbreak was reported. Police in different parts of the country had to end big gatherings because the participants ignored the Corona rules. And infected German police instructors were evacuated from Afghanistan.
Sunday, May 31st, 2020 Coronavirus cases: 183,189 (09:00 a.m. CEDT)
Berlin is ready to approve yet another Corona aid package. This time, the idea is to jump-start the German economy. The volume is 75 to 80 billion Euro (83 to 89 billion U.S. Dollars or 68 to 72 billion Pounds Sterling).
Saturday, May 30th, 2020 Coronavirus cases: 182,922 (09:00 a.m. CEDT)
Germany’s Chancellor Angela Merkel refuses to travel to the United States of America for the next G7 summit, citing Corona as the reason. On the other hand, Presidents Trump and Macron believe that taking part in person is important.
Friday, May 29th, 2020 Coronavirus cases: 182,450 (10:25 a.m. CEDT)
Germany’s federal states keep on lifting Corona restrictions. In Berlin, pubs will be allowed to open on June 2nd, 2020. The same applies to fitness centers. Protests with an unlimited number of people are legal again starting on May 30th. But in all cases, strict rules apply.
Thursday, May 28th, 2020 Coronavirus cases: 181,524 (10:00 a.m. CEDT)
After talks with the First Ministers of Germany’s eastern federal states, Chancellor Angela Merkel insists on a consensus on “fundamental questions”. Those include the existing distance rule and the mandatory protection for mouth and nose on public transport.
She also says the Corona crisis would be the focus during Germany’s Presidency of the Council of the European Union. The latter starts in two months and three days from now.
Wednesday, May 27th, 2020 Coronavirus cases: 181,200 (07:30 a.m. CEDT)
According to German-language media, there is an agreement between the Chancellery in Berlin and Germany’s federal states on the Corona rules. Until the end of June, gatherings of up to 10 people from up to two different households in public will be allowed. The compromise might end a big dispute that had hit the headlines in the past two days.
Tuesday, May 26th, 2020 Coronavirus cases: 180,600 (08:20 a.m. CEDT)
Because Thuringia intends to get rid of the main Corona rules in early June, its neighboring federal state of Bavaria threatens it with “countermeasures”.
Germany’s federal government plans to lift the global travel warning for 31 states on June 15th. Those are all E.U. member countries as well as the United Kingdom, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland.
Monday, May 25th, 2020 Coronavirus cases: 180,338 (1:30 p.m. CEDT)
Germany’s federal state of Thuringia intends to throw the main Corona rules overboard in early June. This plan triggers citicism and fears in Berlin, Bavaria and other parts of the country.
In the meantime, the reproduction number in Berlin is increasing more than it should, which is another reason for alarm bells to ring.
Sunday, May 24th, 2020 Coronavirus cases: 179,986 (08:45 a.m. CEDT)
Saturday, May 23rd, 2020 Coronavirus cases: 179,710 (09:05 a.m. CEDT)
The German tour operator TUI says it intends to fly German vacationers to Mallorca and other destinations in June. The Berlin government might actually play along. It wants to get rid of its global travel warning on June 15th.
Friday, May 22nd, 2020 Coronavirus cases: 179,021 (09:15 a.m. CEDT)
Bavaria intends to test far more people for Corona from now on, according to First Minister Markus Söder. Staff in hospitals and care facilities have priority. Söder also wants all kindergarten kids return to day care before the summer holidays.
Because of the Corona pandemic, Germany’s tax revenue slumped by more than 25 percent in April.
Thursday, May 21st, 2020 Coronavirus cases: 178,473 (08:30 a.m. CEDT)
Angela Merkel reiterates any Corona vaccine needed to be available to the entire world. Tendencies of protectionism in this regard were not helpful, the Chancellor says.
She also states a deal with Lufthansa was imminent. Because of Corona, the giant airline says it needs 9 billion Euro (9.87 billion U.S. Dollars or 8.09 billion Pounds Sterling). The Federal Republic of Germany will become a shareholder again.
Wednesday, May 20th, 2020 Coronavirus cases: 177,778 (07:20 a.m. CEDT)
After dealing with Corona outbreaks at slaughterhouses, the German authorities are now turning their attention to two refugee hostels in which outbreaks have been reported. Dozens of people are affected.
Berlin just scrapped the quarantine rule for travelers. This means people coming in from E.U. countries, Iceland, Switzerland or the United Kingdom do not have to go into quarantine anymore.
Tuesday, May 19th, 2020 Coronavirus cases: 176,551 (08:10 a.m. CEDT)
The number of new Coronavirus in Germany shrinks to less than 200 per day.
Critics are already commenting on the giant European aid package Chancellor Angela Merkel and her French colleague President Emmanuel Macron proposed. Merkel intends to convince Eastern European governments in a video conference today.
Monday, May 18th, 2020 Coronavirus cases: 176,369 (08:40 a.m. CEDT)
After several Corona outbreaks have occurred at slaughterhouses in Germany, Chancellor Merkel’s ‘Corona Cabinet’ was going to discuss the issue on Monday. Foreign Minister Maas is scheduled to hold talks with several of his colleagues from several countries about ways to make travel possible for the upcoming summer vacations.
Sunday, May 17th, 2020 Coronavirus cases: 176,244 (10:45 a.m. CEDT)
German authorities, including the Federal Criminal Police Office, are worried about the growing number of protesting Corona deniers who are mingling with right-wing extremists.
Saturday, May 16th, 2020 Coronavirus cases: 175,233 (08:50 a.m. CEDT)
While reopening restaurants add to the sense of normality, the Coronavirus has not been defeated. Germany’s Chancellery Minister Helge Braun is turning the attention to a time at which there is a vaccination against Corona. He says the latter would not be mandatory.
Friday, May 15th, 2020 Coronavirus cases: 174,478 (08:17 a.m. CEDT)
The government of North Rhine-Westphalia announces the suspension of the quarantine rule for E.U. travelers in Germany. This would mean individuals who enter Germany from E.U. countries or the United Kingdom do not have to go into a 14-day quarantine anymore. The step will supposedly be announced within days.
Thursday, May 14th, 2020 Coronavirus cases: 174,098 (09:00 a.m. CEDT)
At the Berlin Bundestag, Finance Minister Olaf Scholz announces a deficit of almost 100 billion Euro caused by the Coronavirus.
After Interior Minister Seehofer’s announcement on borders, it becomes clear the measures will mainly benefit the few who were allowed to cross beforehand. The national discussion about borders continues. While some demand more caution, others want more borders to open sooner than mid-June.
Wednesday, May 13th, 2020 Coronavirus cases: 173,171 (07:38 a.m. CEDT)
In the late morning, Interior Minister Seehofer announces the easing of some restrictions at Germany’s borders to Austria, France and Switzerland. Free travel between those four countries from June 15th was his goal, he says. There are no changes at the borders to other neighboring states or third countries.
More and more voices in Germany and Europe are calling for a reopening of borders within the European Union. It has been two months since Interior Minister Horst Seehofer announced their closure in a situation that was very different.
In Berlin, a makeshift Corona hospital is completed. So far, it is not being needed. Its staff is on standby.
Tuesday, May 12th, 2020 Coronavirus cases: 172,576 (07:45 a.m. CEDT)
Monday, May 11th, 2020 Coronavirus cases: 171,879 (12:00 noon)
In Germany, there are four counties and one city which exceeded the maximum number of new Corona infections defined by Chancellor Merkel and the First Ministers last week. In those regions, new lockdowns are supposed to apply. But it is not happening.
More bad news: The Coronavirus reproduction rate is increasing, while Germany is easing restrictions and lifting bans.
Sunday, May 10th, 2020 Coronavirus cases: 171,324 (08:00 a.m. CEDT)
Because of the way they handle the Corona crisis, support for Chancellor Angela Merkel’s CDU and First Minister Markus Söder’s CSU is skyrocketing. The two conservative parties now stand at 40 percent.
Saturday, May 9th, 2020 Coronavirus cases: 171,324 (evening)
In Berlin, Stuttgart and other places, thousands demonstrate against the Corona rules. People who believe in conspiracy theories about Corona are part of the rallies. Police try to make sure the distance rules are being adhered to.
Friday, May 8th, 2020 Coronavirus cases: 169,430 (07:40 a.m. CEDT)
In the past 48 hours, the number of Coronavirus cases in Germany has been growing by more than 1,000 per day again. But Professor Christian Drosten, one of the leading virologists in Germany, expresses cautious optimism. In a podcast published by NDR Radio, he said he was worried about the fall and winter though.
Another discussion in Germany deals with this question: Who may visit the country’s Baltic Sea beaches?
Thursday, May 7th, 2020 Coronavirus cases: 168,162 (11:15 a.m. CEDT)
On the 101st day after the first Coronavirus case was confirmed in Germany, the federal states are discussing the way they want to interpret the new Corona rules they agreed to on Wednesday. Chancellor Merkel’s federal government will take less decisions of this kind from now on, meaning the provinces and city states will do what they feel is right to keep Corona under control.
Wednesday, May 6th, 2020 Coronavirus cases: 167,007 (08:00 a.m. CEDT)
Chancellor Merkel and the First Ministers from the federal states ease several Corona restrictions. Even the food service industry will be back in business. In case the number of Coronavirus cases grows too much, restrictions can be put back in place in counties or towns. The distance rule still applies, while the contact rule got a modification.
Tuesday, May 5th, 2020 Coronavirus cases: 166,152 (08:00 a.m. CEDT)
In the early afternoon, Bavaria’s First Minister Markus Söder announces plans to open up his federal state in many areas. The step-by-step approach goes farther than any other state within Germany has up to this moment. Restaurants will open. So will hotels, kindergartens, schools, playgrounds and museums. Bavarians will be allowed to leave their homes without any specific reason.
Lower Saxony is the first federal state in Germany to announce a reopening of restaurants. First Minister Stephan Weil wants to take that step on May 11th. At first, strict rules will apply. Other states, such as Saxony and Thuringia are considering this kind of approach too. On Wednesday, Chancellor Angela Merkel and all sixteen First Ministers are scheduled to have another online meeting during which they intend to discuss the easing of restrictions.
In the meantime, the German virologist Hendrik Streeck introduces his ‘Heinsberg Survey’ which deals with Corona infections in the town of Heinsberg. In the study, he comes to a conclusion about the number of infected persons in all of Germany. He says there might be 1.8 million.
Monday, May 4th, 2020 Coronavirus cases: 165,664 (07:40 a.m. CEDT)
The number of new Corona infections per day is now below 1,000. According to experts, individual Coronavirus cases are traceable at this pace.
Two days ahead of another online meeting between Chancellor Angela Merkel and the First Ministers, one federal state, namely Saxony-Anhalt, already eased the contact rule. Starting today, any person may meet with up to four individuals who live in different households, meaning any groups of up to five people in total may gather. First Minister Haseloff is being criticized for the step.
Sunday, May 3rd, 2020 Coronavirus cases: 164,967 (09:10 a.m. CEDT)
There is no end in sight what Germany’s discussion about the Corona restrictions is concerned. Now courts are throwing some of them overboard in some regions. The government is not happy.
The Ministers of the Interior and Foreign Affairs, Seehofer and Maas, reject international trips for Germans in the upcoming summer vacations.
Chancellor Angela Merkel is getting ready for a fundraiser for the development of a Corona vaccine.
Saturday, May 2nd, 2020 Coronavirus cases: 164,000+ (08:00 a.m. CEDT)
With European colleagues, Chancellor Merkel is hoping to be able to collect 7.5 billion Euro (8.3 billion U.S. Dollars or 6.7 billion Pounds Sterling) for research on Corona. The goal is to have a vaccination against the virus and a medication against COVID-19. A donor conference is scheduled for Monday.
Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer, the head of Merkel’s party CDU, tells Germans to hang in there. Persistence and discipline were important, she says.
Friday, May 1st, 2020 Coronavirus cases: 163.000+ (08:00 a.m. CEDT)
In Berlin, 130 individuals are being arrested at illegal Labor Day protests staged by conspiracy theorists who either do not believe in the existence of the Coronavirus or blame it on America and “the Jews”, and by radical left-wingers who intend to fight “the system”. Hundreds of protesters ignore the Corona rules. Five thousand police officers are on duty.
Thursday, April 30th, 2020 Coronavirus cases: 161,500+ (07:55 a.m. CEDT)
Bavaria’s head of First Minister Markus Söder says Corona was “a marathon in which we do not know where the finish line is.”
Wednesday, April 29th, 2020 Coronavirus cases: 159,900+ (10:00 a.m. CEDT)
Germany’s federal government intends to prolong the worldwide travel ban that was put in place by Foreign Minister Heiko Maas in March, according to a German media report.
Masks are now compulsory in public transport and shops in all of Germany.
Tuesday, April 28th, 2020 Coronavirus cases: 158,700+ (08:10 a.m. CEDT)
Monday, April 27th, 2020 Coronavirus cases: 157,700+ (07:10 a.m. CEDT)
Ninety-one days after the first Coronavirus case was confirmed in Germany, wearing protective masks in public transport becomes mandatory in many parts of the country. But every federal state has its own rules. Why make things simple if they can be complicated?
Sunday, April 26th, 2020 Coronavirus cases: 156,000+ (07:50 a.m. CEDT)
China is trying to influence German officials. According to a report by ‘Welt am Sonntag’, Beijing wants them to talk about China’s fight against Corona favorably and in public.
Because of Corona, Germany will have to contribute more to the next E.U. budget than originally anticipated, Chancellor Merkel says.
Saturday, April 25th, 2020 Coronavirus cases: 154,545 (8:30 a.m. CEDT)
Hundreds of conspiracy theorists take part in a forbidden protest against Germany’s anti-Corona measures in Berlin. Dozens of protesters are arrested.
Even though there is no vaccine against the Coronavirus or COVID-19, the German government is thinking about the question who will get it first once it is available. Health Minister Jens Spahn says medical staff and high risk groups should be first in line.
Berlin is now putting together its next aid package. This time, bus operators are supposed to be saved.
Friday, April 24th, 2020 Coronavirus cases: 153,100+ (8:30 a.m.)
At the Berlin Bundestag, the opposition slams Angela Merkel’s anti-Corona policies. The Chancellor herself says the country was walking “on very thin ice.”
Thursday, April 23rd, 2020 Coronavirus cases: 150,600+ (8:25 a.m.)
In Berlin, the coalition parties agree on an additional Corona aid package worth billions of Euro. It is supposed to help employees, people who lost their jobs because of Corona, mid-sized and small companies, students and schools.
Wednesday, April 22nd, 2020 Coronavirus cases: 148,400+ (9:45 a.m.)
It looks like the Coronavirus reproduction number in Germany is increasing again. According to the Robert Koch Institute in Berlin, it stood at 0.7 only last week. Now it is supposedly back at 0.9. If it reaches a value of 1.1, Germany’s health system will be overburdened in October. At 1.2, the same situation will occur in July. This leads to the question whether the easing of some Corona restrictions in Germany was premature.
Tuesday, April 21, 2020 Coronavirus cases: 147,000+ (09:30 a.m.)
In Berlin and the capitals of Germany’s federal states, the discussion about easing the Corona rules more is continuing. Two First Ministers are being accused of engaging in a “cockfight” during the crisis.
In Bavaria, First Minister Markus Söder and Dieter Reiter, the First Mayor of Munich, announce the cancellation of this year’s Oktoberfest.
Monday, April 20th, 2020 Coronavirus cases: 145,700+ (07:30 a.m.)
One of the big questions many Germans are asking themselves today: “Will we spend the summer vacation on the balcony?“
At a press conference in Berlin, Chancellor Angela Merkel says advancing too fast on the easing of Corona restrictions might be a mistake. She reminds the federal states that “Germany is not out of the woods yet.”
Sunday, April 19th, 2020 Coronavirus cases: 143,700+ (8:30 a.m.)
Germany’s Commerce Minister Peter Altmaier says the country needs billions of protective masks. A majority of Germans now want them to be mandatory in public.
During the weekend, police ended protests, parties and a soccer match.
Saturday, April 18th, 2020 Coronavirus cases: 141,900+ (4:30 p.m.)
The new Corona rules in Germany lead to lawsuits being filed against the state by Galeria Karstadt Kaufhof, a large company that owns department stores all over Germany. They say if other stores, such as Ikea, are permitted to open, so should they. Two courts reject their claim.
Friday, April 17th, 2020 Coronavirus cases: 137,600+ (07:50 a.m.)
Germany’s federal states are adjusting the new Corona rules they agreed to on Wednesday. In some of them, school will start earlier, in others later. North Rhine-Westphalia is surging ahead in several ways. In Berlin, Foreign Minister Maas sharply criticizes U.S. President Trump for ceasing payments to the WHO.
Thursday, April 16th, 2020 Coronavirus cases: 134,700+ (07:40 a.m.)
Germany takes the first steps back to reality by lifting some restrictions that concerned retail and education. Chancellor Merkel and the First Minister from all sixteen federal states also decided to support German companies regarding the development of a vaccine. They said a vaccine was the key to a return to a normal daily routine.
Wednesday, April 15th, 2020 Coronavirus cases: 132,000+ (07:20 a.m.)
Chancellor Angela Merkel and the First Ministers from Germany’s federal states ease some Corona restrictions. Shops of certain kinds and sizes may open from April 20th, 2020. On May 4th, schools will reopen in part.
Tuesday, April 14th, 2020 Coronavirus cases: 130,000+ (08:30 a.m.)
Germany is eagerly waiting to hear from the government after Chancellor Merkel’s video conference with the First Ministers of Germany’s 16 federal states tomorrow. Decisions about a possible lifting of the Corona restrictions, or changes to them, will be taken. New rules might be added, existing ones could also be tightened.
Monday, April 13th, 2020 Coronavirus cases: 127,800+ (08:30 a.m.)
According to a fresh poll, a majority of Germans want a prolongation of the Corona rules, including the contact restrictions put in place on March 23rd, 2020. Decisions will be taken later this week.
Sunday, April 12th, 2020 Coronavirus cases: 125,000+ (07:45 a.m.)
In the early morning of Easter Sunday, the number of people infected with the Coronavirus stands above 125,000. So far, 2,871 people have died. While every person who died of COVID-19 is one too many, the number of related deaths is still low compared to other countries. More than 58,000 individuals who used to be infected are cured.
Saturday, April 11th, 2020 Coronavirus cases: 122,000+ (8:00 a.m.)
Germany has a total of 122,171 Coronavirus cases this morning. There were 2,736 Corona-related deaths. At least 55,980 former Coronavirus patients have been healed.
The Berlin government now fears an ‘isolation fatigue’ that might complicate things.
Friday, April 10th, 2020 Coronavirus cases: 118,000+ (8:00 a.m.)
Finance Minister Olaf Scholz announces a giant European aid package worth more than 500 billion Euro. Member states that were hit by the Corona pandemic the hardest are supposed to benefit. So are companies and employees.
During the Easter holidays, police all over Germany are supposed to monitor the situation in parks and cities, at beaches and lakes. The ‘contact ban’ and other restrictions are still in place. In Berlin alone, 500 police offers will be busy with this task every day.
Thursday, April 9th, 2020 Coronavirus cases: 113,000+ (5:00 p.m.)
Chancellor Angela Merkel says the latest numbers made her “cautiously hopeful”, but discipline was still important over the Easter holidays. “We will have to live with the pandemic for a considerable time“, she states.
Health Minister Jens Spahn says he believes an easing of the restrictions might be feasible after Easter.
Wednesday, April 8th, 2020 Coronavirus cases: 107,600+ (8:00 a.m.)
Berlin’s Governing Mayor Michael Müller apologizes to the U.S. in connection with accusations he and his Senator Geisel had made regarding a large order of protective masks that never reached Berlin.
North Rhine-Westphalia wants a schedule for the easing of restrictions. Saxony might decide on lifting some of the latter on its own.
Tuesday, April 7th, 2020 Coronavirus cases: 105,600+ (08:30 p.m.)
Because of the Corona crisis and its implications, Lufthansa Group announces it will get rid of the Germanwings brand name, many aircraft and employees. The measures will also affect the subsidiaries Austrian and Swiss.
It is day no. 15 since the ‘contact ban’ was imposed on the Germans, and day no. 71 since the first Coronavirus case was reported in Germany. While neighboring countries such das Austria and Denmark are getting ready to lift restrictions, Germany is persistently sticking to them.
Date and time: April 7th, 2020, 12:30 p.m.
Day no. since first Corona case in Germany: 71
Day no. since ‘contact ban’ commenced: 15
Total Corona cases: 103,000+
Corona-related deaths: 1,810
Minimum number of cured: 36,081
Number of cases in federal states:
Lower Saxony: 6,200+
Mecklenburg-Hither Pomerania: 500+
North Rhine-Westphalia: 21,500+
Sources: Johns Hopkins University, regional health authorities, German-language press
Monday, April 6th, 2020 Coronavirus cases: 100,000+ (6:50 a.m.)
Angela Merkel calls the Corona crisis a “symmetric shock” that affected everyone. She said it was too early to go back to a normal public life. Germany would not follow Austria on this. In Vienna, Chancellor Kurz had announced smaller shops would reopen on April 14th, 2020.
Now there are more than 100,000 Coronavirus cases in Germany. If the numbers from China are accurate, which many Europeans doubt, Germany is among the four countries most affected.
The Berlin government is now preparing for “the most difficult part”, according to Chancellery Minister Helge Braun.
This past weekend, the streets of Berlin were rather empty. It is the German capital’s new look. (‘Berlin in Early April of 2020: A Corona Weekend in Photos‘)
Sunday, April 5th, 2020 Coronavirus cases: 96,000+ (8:00 a.m.)
As the number of people infected with the Coronavirus approached 100,000 in Germany, politicians reminded people of the rules and told them to stay at home over the upcoming Easter holiday. The government feared more people might ignore the ‘contact ban’ because of the rising temperatures.
Saturday, April 4th, 2020 Coronavirus cases: 91,000+ (08:10 a.m.)
Chancellor Angela Merkel comes out of her own quarantine two days early. She says there was “a glimmer of hope”, but it was far too early to ease any restrictions. She prepares Germany for a very different Easter.
‘3M’ disputes there is any order to protective masks from China for the Berlin Police Department, after the Berlin Senate had accused the U.S. of confiscation 200,000 masks. Then it turns out the masks were ordered through a German vendor, a company that ordered them in Asia. From there, they were supposedly “rerouted” to the U.S..
Friday, April 3rd, 2020 Coronavirus cases: 87,200+ (6:10 p.m.)
The Berlin Senate accuses U.S. President Donald Trump of “modern day piracy” after 200,000 protective masks the Berlin Police Department had ordered were “confiscated in Bangkok”. The masks were made by the American manufacturer ‘3M’ in China. They had already been paid for when the Germans suddenly were “outbid”.
The German government is hoping, a Malaria medication might help patients with a severe disease progress.
This is day no. 11 of the ‘contact ban’ in Germany, and day no. 67 since the first Coronavirus case was reported in Germany.
Thursday, April 2nd, 2020 Coronavirus cases: 81,700+ (5:58 p.m.)
Germany might soon exceed the official number of infected persons in China. More than 77,900 Germans and other residents are infected at 11:25 a.m.. By 6 p.m. that number rises to more than 81,700.
According to the German Hospital Federation, the capacity of ICUs in Germany has been increased by 12,000 to 40,000 beds right now. Some 30,000 of them are equipped with respirators.
In many areas, Berlin seems like a ghost town. Where the morning rush hour would slow everyone down in normal times, hardly any cars are in sight. At Central Station, very few passengers are arriving or departing. (‘Empty, emptier, Berlin: The Morning of Day No. 66‘).
Wednesday, April 1st, 2020 Coronavirus cases: 76,000+ (8:55 p.m.)
While the number of Coronavirus cases keeps in increasing, it does so at a lower pace, at least in Berlin. Most recently, it took seven days for the number of infected persons to double in the German capital. Before, it doubled in less days. This good news item does not mean the crisis is about to end, but that the ‘contact ban’ and other measures that were taken in Germany seem to be showing their first expected effect.
By 8:55 p.m. on this day, 858 people in Germany had died from COVID-19, the disease caused by the Coronavirus.
Tuesday, March 31st, 2020 Coronavirus cases: 66,000+
Bavaria’s First Minister Markus Söder prolongs the ‘contact ban’ and other measures until after the Easter vacation. Government spokesman Steffen Seibert and others agree it is too early to even consider easing the measures.
Monday, March 30th, 2020 Coronavirus cases: 62,000+
Sixty-three days after the first Coronavirus case was confirmed in Germany, there are more than 62,000 infected persons (early morning) and 541 deaths. The premature discussion about an easing of the ‘contact ban’ continues.
Sunday, March 29th, 2020 Coronavirus cases: 57,000+
Police end gathering and protests, the German air force picks up Italian Corona patients and big companies are being criticized for announcing to stop paying rents for their closed stores.
Saturday, March 28th, 2020 Coronavirus cases: 56,000+ (8:00 p.m.)
Number of cases exceeds 50,000 in the early morning. By 10:40 a.m., more than 53,000 infections and 395 deaths are confirmed. Chancellor Angela Merkel, who is in quarantine herself, sends and audio greeting to the nation and asks people to keep following the rules while Germany’s armed forces are getting ready to help out with 15,000 soldiers.
Friday, March 27th, 2020 Coronavirus cases: 44,400+ (9:00 a.m.)
A quarantined Chancellor, Angela Merkel, says it was too early for discussions about ending the ‘contact ban’ put in place on Monday. She contradicts her own Chancellery Minister who had said young Germans would be allowed to be back on the streets first.
The Berlin government’s pickup endeavor for stranded German tourists around the world continues. On a flight from Lima to Frankfurt, the Germans brings along 27 Israeli tourists who were in the same situation.
Thursday, March 26th, 2020 Coronavirus cases: 41,600+ (6:00 p.m.)
Germany’s President Frank-Walter Steinmeier stresses that solidarity was important, within Germany and in Europe. Berlin’s Governing Mayor Michael Müller vows Berlin would “fight for every life”.
For now, the number of infected persons keeps on rising, in spite of the nationwide ‘contact ban’. The government and virologists involved in big decisions are hoping for an effect that might show within days.
The increasing number of COVID-19 deaths is alarming. Out of the 206 patients who died since the crisis began, 49 died on Wednesday.
Wednesday, March 25th, 2020 Coronavirus cases: 33,900+ (10:25 a.m.)
As the number of cases keeps on rising, the Berlin Bundestag was going to vote on Vice Chancellor Olaf Scholz’ giant Corona aid package worth 156 billion Euro (169 billion U.S. Dollars or 142 Pounds Sterling).
More federal states, including Berlin, say they want to have more Italian virus patients treated at their hospitals. European solidarity can save lives.
Tuesday, March 24th, 2020 Coronavirus cases: 30,000+ (12:50 p.m.)
German hospitals in three federal states, namely Rhineland-Palatinate, Saarland and Saxony, are treating Coronavirus patients from France and Italy.
Monday, March 23rd, 2020 Coronavirus cases: 29,000+
As the ‘contact ban’ kicks in all over Germany, the numbers are still on the rise. There might be one glimmer of hope though, for the first time since it all started. According to the Robert Koch Institute in Berlin, the number of cured Germans is rising. But it is hard or even impossible to track that number reliably because hospitals and doctors are not required to report healed patients.
Sunday, March 22nd, 2020 Coronavirus cases: 26,200+ (12:10 p.m.)
Angela Merkel announces a ‘contact’ ban that is supposed to come into effect on Monday. It was agreed to by her government and all sixteen federal states. Afterwards, Merkel herself needs to go into quarantine.
The Berlin government is setting up aid programs for tenants, parents and businesses. For these projects, Germany will go into more debt. There is talk about 150 billion Euro (161 billion U.S. Dollars or 139 billion Pounds Sterling).
As the number of Corona cases keeps on skyrocketing, Chancellor Angela Merkel and the first ministers of Germany’s sixteen federal states will gather online this afternoon, in order to talk about further measures they might take. Curfews in all states are possible. So far, Bavaria and the Saarland have taken steps of this kind.
These days, a lot depends on the right decisions. Hence, we ask the following question: How Good are Germany’s Top Corona Crisis Managers?
Saturday, March 21st, 2020 Coronavirus cases: 20,000+ (11:17 a.m.)
In the late morning, the number of people infected with the Coronavirus in Germany hits 20,000.
In Bavaria and Saarland, curfews kick in.
Friday, March 20th, 2020 Coronavirus cases: 17,500+ (2:30 p.m.)
The number of infected individuals increases more rapidly every day. It doubled since Monday, tripled within five days and quintupled within a week.
Freiburg is the first city to restrict its residents’ freedom of movement. The measure is supposed to come into effect on Saturday. A few hours later, Bavaria announces a curfew that will take effect on Saturday. The Saarland will likely follow suit.
Thursday, March 19th, 2020 Coronavirus cases: 15,000+ (20:40 hrs.)
The speed at which the number of infected persons rose in the past 36 hours in unprecedented. Experts believe the rate will increase further. Morning update: ‘Coronavirus in Germany: Number of Infected Rises by 3,000 in One Day‘.
Wednesday, March 18th, 2020 Coronavirus cases: 12,000+
Berlin is very quiet in the city center in the morning, but hundreds of Berliners meet at parks in the afternoon. Nobody seems to care or keep any distance to anyone.
Shortly after 1:00 p.m., the number of infected people in Germany hits 10,000 and skyrockets to 12,000 in the evening.
In several parts of Germany, strict new measures designed to curb the virus’ spread are kicking in. Germany has become a high risk country in Europe as the number of infected persons is expected to exceed 10,000 today. The industry is in deep trouble. Volkswagen ceases its production.
Tuesday, March 17th, 2020 Coronavirus cases: 8600+
Berlin announced a special hospital for Coronavirus patients which the city state will set up in cooperation with Germany’s armed forces, the Bundeswehr. It will have 1,000 beds.
Foreign Minister Heiko Maas announces efforts to retrieve stranded German tourists from abroad. For this “concerted action”, Germany allocates 50 million Euro.
The Robert Koch Institute (RKI) increases the health risk level for people in Germany from moderate to high. The RKI’s director Professor Lothar Wieler says there were alarming signs from hospitals in Germany according to which more and more Coronavirus patients with severe disease processes were being treated.
Bavaria’s First Minister Markus Söder says Germany should react and decide more quickly in the Coronavirus Crisis.
Monday, March 16th, 2020 Coronavirus cases: 7000+
Sunday, March 15th, 2020 Coronavirus cases: 5800+
As the number of infected people in Germany approaches 6,000, Germany’s Interior Minister Horst Seehofer announces the closure of the country’s borders to Luxemburg, France, Switzerland, Austria and Denmark. This measure will kick in on Monday morning at 8 a.m. CET. Deliveries, commuters, returning Germans and returning individuals with residence permits have the right to enter the country though.
Berlin and other federal states come up with new measures that are supposed to slow down the development. Berlin forbids events with 50 or more people. More businesses, even casinos and brothels, are forced to close. There are exceptions for restaurants. (Read separate article on latest developments, entitled Germany: Coronavirus Crisis Takes on Dramatic Scale)
Saturday, March 14th, 2020 Coronavirus cases: 4181
On Saturday evening, the number of confirmed Coronavirus cases exceeds 4000. Chancellor Merkel announces a new Cabinet Committee that will take decisions “for the safety and health of the people”. In most federal states, most schools and kindergartens close. On Tuesday, Berlin’s clubs and bars will be forced to shut down. Governing Mayor Michael Müller asks Berliners for their understanding. “Everyone will feel the restrictions. This phase is very important. I am asking you for solidarity, especially with elderly people”, Müller says.
Friday, March 13th, 2020 Coronavirus cases: 3100+
In a dramatic development, the number of infected persons jumps to 2700 in the morning and to more than 3100 in the afternoon. Germany’s largest federal state North Rhine-Westphalia has more than 1000 cases, which is what the entire country had only five days ago. Chancellor Angela Merkel says she wants to save lives and keep the economy going.
Thursday, March 12th, 2020 Coronavirus cases: 2100+
The number of Coronavirus infections hits 2100 in the late morning. President Steinmeier cancels appointments, at Berlin’s universities the start of the next semester is being postponed. Hamburg announces new rules for events. Lufthansa and Europe’s other airlines are forced to deal with Trump’s new travel ban. (Read separate article ‘Germany: Coronavirus Crisis Leads to More Restrictions, Closures and Cancellations’)
Wednesday, March 11th, 2020 Coronavirus cases; 1500+
“We need to pass the test”, Chancellor Angela Merkel says. During a press conference, she talks about measures Germany and Europe are taking, and about priorities. It was all about protecting people, she states. (Read separate article entitled ‘Merkel on Coronavirus: ‘We Need to Pass the Test’)
Germany reports a third Coronavirus death.
Germany and the European Union are determined to fight the virus. For that purpose, they are putting a lot of money on the table. (Read separate article ‘Germany Steps Up Fight Against Coronavirus’).
Confirmed Coronavirus Infections in Germany
(as of March 11th, in the early morning) Total: 1565
Lower Saxony: 66
Mecklenburg-Hither Pomerania: 13
North Rhine-Westphalia: 648
Tuesday, March 10th, 2020 Coronavirus cases: 1300+
By Tuesday evening, 1317 people in Germany are infected with Covid19. Chancellor Angela Merkel says the authorities all over Germany should persistently fight the virus and all non-existential events should be cancelled. At this stage, there is no national rule for events with many people.
Berlin closes its opera, concert halls and theaters, other federal state, such as Bavaria, are taking a similar approach to slow down the spread of the virus.
Angela Merkel says, 60 to 70 percent of all Germans would be infected with the Coronavirus.
Monday, March 9th, 2020 Coronavirus cases: 1150+
The numbers are going through the roof. More than 1150 people are infected in Germany. The Coronavirus affects everything. The DAX index slumps in Frankfurt, Health Minister Spahn wants events for more than 1000 people cancelled.
Sunday, March 8th, 2020 Coronavirus cases: 1000+
Twelve days after the second Coronavirus wave hit Germany, the number of confirmed cases exceeds 1000. The first German citizen dies of a Covid19 infection during a stay in Egypt
One police officer is among the 28 official Coronavirus cases in Berlin. The police department says he had gotten infected during his free time. Thirty-five of his colleagues are now in quarantine, just in case.
Related article: Coronavirus in Germany: No End in Sight
Coronavirus cases in Germany’s federal states, as of March 8th, in the morning:
Lower Saxony: 19
Mecklenburg-Hither Pomerania: 6
North Rhine-Westphalia: 377
Saturday, March 7th, 2020 Coronavirus cases: 800
Coronavirus infections are still on the rise. By now, 800 individuals in Germany are infected. The economical impact is starting to show too.
Friday, March 6th, 2020 Coronavirus Cases: 600+
Now, 15 days after the second wave hit Germany, the number of confirmed Coronavirus cases exceeds 600. The number tripled with 48 hours. All put one federal state are affected. The largest one, North Rhine-Westphalia, has 300+ virus patients. Health Minister Jens Spahn tells Germans to refrain from going there.
Thursday, March 5th, 2020 Coronavirus cases: 400+
Within two days, the number of infected people in Germany more than doubled. In the late evening of this day, it stands at 543. Berlin has 15 cases now. The federal states affected most are North Rhine-Westphalia, Baden-Württemberg and Bavaria.
Wednesday, March 4th, 2020 Coronavirus cases: 260+
The number of cases exceeds 260. Saxony-Anhalt is the only federal state not affected. More big events, such as the Leipzig Book Fair, are being cancelled. The same applies to an anti-terror exercise in Berlin, where six Coronavirus cases are confirmed and hundreds are in quarantine, eight days after the second wave in Germany started. (Latest article: Germany: Almost all Federal States Hit by Coronavirus)
Tuesday, March 3rd, 2020 Coronavirus cases: 180+
There are now 180 confirmed Coronavirus cases in Germany, including in Brandenburg, Saxony and Thuringia, regions that had been ‘green’ on the virus map until now. In Berlin, two schools closed. In many regions supermarket shelves that usually contain certain items are empty. Durable food and toilet paper are in high demand.
Monday, March 2nd, 2020 Coronavirus cases: 152
The number of cases has exceeded 150. North Rhine-Westphalia still has the largest infection cluster. In the meantime, the first Coronavirus patient in Berlin is in quarantine at an isolation ward at the Virchow Clinic. The health authorities in the German capital are looking for his contact persons. Sixty have been identified. It was quite an ordeal the patient went through. Two more patients test positive in the evening.
Sunday, March 1st, 2020
In virtually all western German provinces and city states, around 100 people are now infected with the Coronavirus. In the late evening the Berlin authorities say the first Coronavirus patient had been put in quarantine.
Saturday, February 29th, 2020
Within four days, since February 25th, the number of Coronavirus cases in Germany has exceeded 60. Thirty-seven of them were confirmed in North Rhine-Westphalia, the country’s largest federal state. New ones in Hamburg, Bremen, Lower Saxony and elsewhere have to be added to the list. Dozens of primary school children in Bonn are being tested and quarantined because one of their caretakers in infected.
Friday, February 28th, 2020
The travel trade fair ITB is being cancelled. Up to 180,000 participants from all over the world had been expected.
A total of thirty new cases were reported since Tuesday. More than 1000 Germans are in quarantine. Most of them are contact persons who took part in events with confirmed cases, who worked with them or who visited hospitals the patients worked at. Since one of the Coronavirus patients is a nursery school teacher, kindergarten kids and their families are affected too.
The virus reaches Hamburg in the north, Freiburg in the south and the federal state of Hesse. So far, in the morning of February 28th, there are no confirmed cases in eastern Germany, including Berlin.
Thursday, February 27th, 2020
In the evening 14 new cases are confirmed in North Rhine-Westphalia, a federal state in western Germany, and four more in Baden-Württemberg in the south.
Interior Minister Horst Seehofer says at a Berlin press conference, breaking chains of Coronavirus infections in Germany, and controlling those coming from abroad, were the most important tasks right now. His colleague, Health Minister Jens Spahn, said the federal government’s new task force had already convened once. Airlines, train operators, shipping and bus companies would now be required to provide information about the origin off all their passengers’ journeys.
The number of new Coronavirus cases registered since Tuesday initially rises to 10, but increases to 28 in the evening. Berlin is preparing for a pandemic, just in case. (Read separate article: ‘Coronavirus in Germany: Will the Epidemic Become a Pandemic?’)
Wednesday, February 26th, 2020
Now a total of seven new cases are being reported, including the two patients who were tested positive on February 25th. A couple in North Rhine-Westphalia is among them. The woman is a nursery school teacher who was in contact with countless people, while the man, who is still in critical condition, took part in a carnival event.
Health Minister Jens Spahn orders the federal states to activate their pandemic plans while establishing a crisis management committee with the Interior Ministry.
Tuesday, February 25th, 2020
Now the Coronavirus seems to be spreading in Germany. Two new cases are being reported. In Erkelenz (North Rhine-Westphalia) one patient is in the isolation ward of a hospital in critical condition. He is 47 years old. Further south, in Göppingen county (Baden-Württemberg), another man, aged 25, was tested positive. It looks like he got infected in Milan.
Berlin’s Interior Senator Andreas Geisel says the German capital, or parts of it, could be cordoned off in case the situation dictated measures of this kind. The disaster management was prepared. Geisel did admit it would not be easy to close off a city of 3.7 million inhabitants.
Monday, February 24th, 2020
Germany’s Health Minister Jens Spahn says the epidemic had arrived. He states he believes the Coronavirus could spread in Germany as well, like in northern Italy, but the country was prepared. “We will be vigilant”, Spahn says. He promises the government would do anything to protect its citizens.
Because of the worrisome situation in Italy, where towns in the north are being cordoned off due to the exploding number of Coronavirus infections, Austria temporarily prohibits trains from there to enter the country. Two German ladies with cold symptoms and fever are being removed from one of the last trains from Venice to Munich in Verona and tested at a hospital. Those tests turn out negative.
(Read separate article ‘Germany and Austria React to Coronavirus Outbreak in Italy’)
Sunday, February 23rd, 2020
In Italy, the situation suddenly worsens substantially. With three Coronavirus deaths and 117 people infected, the Italian authorities start cordoning off certain towns and cancelling big events. Germans are asking themselves whether this is what they have to expect as well.
Saturday, February 22nd, 2020
Six former passengers of the cruise ship ‘Diamond Princess’ which had been quarantined two weeks ago at the Port of Yokohama in Japan arrive in Berlin on an Italian aircraft. They are supposed to quarantined in their homes.
Friday, February 21st, 2020
Fifteen more German evacuees from Wuhan arrive in Stuttgart. They are supposed to be quarantined near Esslingen for two weeks.
Thursday, February 20th, 2020
The Red Cross announces that 20 Germans quarantined at a clinic in Berlin’s Köpenick district will be released on Sunday morning. They had been picked up in Wuhan by the British on February 8th and arrived in Berlin on the 9th.
Germans from the cruise ship ‘Diamond Princess’ will reportedly be taken to Berlin within two days. The ship is located at Yokohama port in Japan. More than 640 people on board are infected with the Coronavirus.
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 are being 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.
Some 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.
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 conclusion that 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.
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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