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Chronology: Germany and the Corona Pandemic 2021

The Coronavirus has killed tens of thousands of people in Germany since it hit the country a year ago. More than two million Germans got infected. In 2021, things are supposed to improve.

February 28th, 2021

Professor Christian Drosten, the chief virologist at Berlin’s Charité hospital says the third Corona wave had already begun in Germany. He told the ‘Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung’ daily, since the newly discovered Coronavirus mutations had spread quickly, the same would likely happen in Germany. But Drosten said he believed the ongoing vaccination campaign would decrease the number of Corona-related deaths.

Three days ahead of Angela Merkel’s next Corona conference, during which the Chancellor and the First Ministers will take decisions about the way ahead in the Corona lockdown, the infection numbers are increasing, slowly but steadily.

CORONA IN GERMANY NUMBERS
Sources: Robert Koch Institute (RKI)/Johns Hopkins University (JHU)
Date and Time: February 28th, 2021, 06:25 a.m. CET
Days since first Corona case was confirmed in FRG: 397
Total number of infections and source: 2,442,336 (RKI)
Number of new infections in past 24 hours: 7,890
Total number of Corona-related deaths: 70,045 (RKI)
Corona-related deaths in past 24 hours: 157
Seven Day Incidence Number Germany: 63.8
Seven Day Incidence Number Berlin: 65.3

February 27th, 2021

Chancellor Angela Merkel and the First Ministers might ease some Corona restrictions this coming week. The availability of quick Corona tests and the (slow) progress of Germany’s vaccination campaign are good arguments for more freedom. On the other hand, the numbers seem to be rising again. Will this development change the government’s plans?

Thuringia continues to be the only federal state with an Incidence Number above 100. Baden-Württemberg is the only one below 50.

CORONA IN GERMANY NUMBERS
Sources: Robert Koch Institute (RKI)/Johns Hopkins University (JHU)
Date and Time: February 27th, 2021, 07:35 a.m. CET
Days since first Corona case was confirmed in FRG: 396
Total number of infections and source: 2,434,446 (RKI)
Number of new infections in past 24 hours: 9,762
Total number of Corona-related deaths: 69,888 (RKI)
Corona-related deaths in past 24 hours: 369
Seven Day Incidence Number Germany: 63.8
Seven Day Incidence Number Berlin: 61.8

February 26th, 2021

Five days ahead of the next Corona conference with Angela Merkel, Bavaria’s First Minister Markus Söder tells the ‘Redaktionsnetzwerk Deutschland’ he favored easing restrictions, but “with reason and caution”. It is unclear whether more retail businesses will reopen in March or what other steps might be taken.

Austria’s Chancellor Sebastian Kurz harshly criticizes Berlin for its border closures in an interview with the ‘Münchner Merkur’ daily. In Germany, the border closure policy depended on the cardinal direction, he says.

CORONA IN GERMANY NUMBERS
Sources: Robert Koch Institute (RKI)/Johns Hopkins University (JHU)
Date and Time: February 26th, 2021, 09:35 a.m. CET
Days since first Corona case was confirmed in FRG: 395
Total number of infections and source: 2,424,684 (RKI)
Number of new infections in past 24 hours: 9,997
Total number of Corona-related deaths: 69,519 (RKI)
Corona-related deaths in past 24 hours: 394
Seven Day Incidence Number Germany: 62.6
Seven Day Incidence Number Berlin: 52.5

February 25th, 2021

The Corona infection numbers in Germany rise again. Close to 12,000 new cases are being reported within the past 24 hours, the Seven Day Incidence in the country increases as well. At the same time, easing restrictions and taking summer vacation trips to destinations abroad are being discussed.

Germany’s Tourism Commissioner Thomas Bareiss (Bareiß) tells ‘Bild’, he was optimistic most Germans would be vaccinated by the summer. Therefore, summer vacations would be possible. The matter of vaccination certificates will be discussed at the E.U. summit. A European standard would likely help the tourism sector.

CORONA IN GERMANY NUMBERS
Sources: Robert Koch Institute (RKI)/Johns Hopkins University (JHU)
Date and Time: February 25th, 2021, 09:15 a.m. CET
Days since first Corona case was confirmed in FRG: 394
Total number of infections and source: 2,414,687 (RKI)
Number of new infections in past 24 hours: 11,869
Total number of Corona-related deaths: 69,125 (RKI)
Corona-related deaths in past 24 hours: 385
Seven Day Incidence Number Germany: 61.7
Seven Day Incidence Number Berlin: 54.9

February 24th, 2021

The federal states develop different reopening strategies again. Brandenburg will reopen flower and gardening shops, tree nurseries and garden centers on Monday. The Senate in neighboring Berlin decided to wait because of the “very difficult intermediary phase”, as Culture Senator Klaus Lederer put it.

Social Affairs Senator Elke Breitenbach announced she wanted to have homeless persons vaccinated against Corona soon. AstraZeneca vaccine leftovers could be used for this purpose, she said.

CORONA IN GERMANY NUMBERS
Sources: Robert Koch Institute (RKI)/Johns Hopkins University (JHU)
Date and Time: February 24th, 2021, 08:10 a.m. CET
Days since first Corona case was confirmed in FRG: 393
Total number of infections and source: 2,402,818 (RKI)
Number of new infections in past 24 hours: 8,007
Total number of Corona-related deaths: 68,740 (RKI)
Corona-related deaths in past 24 hours: 422
Seven Day Incidence Number Germany: 59.3
Seven Day Incidence Number Berlin: 53.8

February 23rd, 2021

The European Commission wants Germany to explain its strict entry rules at the borders to Czechia and the Austrian Federal State of Tyrol, as well as entry bans for Slovak citizens. Germany says this was a protective measure against the new, more aggressive Coronavirus variants. But the Commission is not convinced. In a letter to the German E.U. Ambassador it says protection could be achieved by different means. Berlin has to explain its approach within two weeks.

But, as it turns out, Germany is not the only country that received a letter of this kind. The E.U. Commission does not like the approach Belgium, Denmark, Finland, Hungary and Sweden are taking either.

CORONA IN GERMANY NUMBERS
Sources: Robert Koch Institute (RKI)/Johns Hopkins University (JHU)
Date and Time: February 23rd, 2021, 07:55 a.m. CET
Days since first Corona case was confirmed in FRG: 392
Total number of infections and source: 2,394,811 (RKI)
Number of new infections in past 24 hours: 3,883
Total number of Corona-related deaths: 68,318 (RKI)
Corona-related deaths in past 24 hours: 415
Seven Day Incidence Number Germany: 60.5
Seven Day Incidence Number Berlin: 54.7

February 22nd, 2021

Germany’s Seven Day Incidence Number has been on the rise again three days in a row. Whether this is a trend reversal is not clear yet.

In the meantime, primary schools reopen in parts of Germany, including Berlin and Brandenburg. The schools are implementing several models and rules designed to prevent Coronavirus infections as much as possible. Since last year, most schools had been closed. It is unclear when and how higher grades will return.

CORONA IN GERMANY NUMBERS
Sources: Robert Koch Institute (RKI)/Johns Hopkins University (JHU)
Date and Time: February 22nd, 2021, 08:00 a.m. CET
Days since first Corona case was confirmed in FRG: 391
Total number of infections and source: 2,390,928 (RKI)
Number of new infections in past 24 hours: 4,369
Total number of Corona-related deaths: 67,903 (RKI)
Corona-related deaths in past 24 hours: 62
Seven Day Incidence Number Germany: 61.0
Seven Day Incidence Number Berlin: 57.3

February 21th, 2021

The federal government in Berlin will discuss a prolongation of the closure of Germany’s borders to Czechia and the Austrian federal state of Tyrol on Monday, the ‘Funke Mediagruppe’ reports. Germany might also declare France’s Moselle ‘départment’ a ‘Virus Variant Risk Area’. This would likely trigger another border closure, this time in the west.

In Germany itself, the Seven Day Incidence Number, which shows how many people have been infected with the Coronavirus per 100,000 inhabitants in the past seven days, has been increasing again in the past days. Whether this is a trend, or if the development has to do with the spreading Corona variant B.1.1.7, cannot be answered at this point.

CORONA IN GERMANY NUMBERS
Sources: Robert Koch Institute (RKI)/Johns Hopkins University (JHU)
Date and Time: February 21st, 2021, 08:50 a.m. CET
Days since first Corona case was confirmed in FRG: 390
Total number of infections and source: 2,386,559 (RKI)
Number of new infections in past 24 hours: 7,676
Total number of Corona-related deaths: 67,841 (RKI)
Corona-related deaths in past 24 hours: 145
Seven Day Incidence Number Germany: 60.2
Seven Day Incidence Number Berlin: 56.3

February 20th, 2021

In Germany the share of the recently discovered, more contagious variants of the Coronavirus is on the rise. In Flensburg county, the authorities put in place harsh measures this morning, including a nightly curfew and tightened contact restrictions, because the new mutations are spreading rapidly. Neighboring Denmark closed several border crossings because of the situation.

In Germany as a whole, the number of new infections and the Seven Day Incidence Numbers rose since yesterday. For weeks, they had been dropping. Whether this has to do with the Corona mutations is unclear. The share of the latter in all new infections stood at 22.8 percent on February 8th.

CORONA IN GERMANY NUMBERS
Sources: Robert Koch Institute (RKI)/Johns Hopkins University (JHU)
Date and Time: February 20th, 2021, 08:22 a.m. CET
Days since first Corona case was confirmed in FRG: 389
Total number of infections and source: 2,378,883 (RKI)
Number of new infections in past 24 hours: 9,164
Total number of Corona-related deaths: 67,696 (RKI)
Corona-related deaths in past 24 hours: 490
Seven Day Incidence Number Germany: 57.8
Seven Day Incidence Number Berlin: 54.9

February 19th, 2021

The German government is appointing a Special Commissioner for Vaccines, according to the ‘Spiegel’ weekly. Christoph Krupp, who was running the Institute for Federal Real Estate until now, will reportedly get the job. His task will be to make sure the vaccine manufacturers get everything they need to keep their production running, or to increase it.

In Brandenburg and Berlin, the number of new Corona infections is now dropping rapidly. In six Brandenburg counties, the Seven Day Incidence Numbers have dropped down to levels below 50. Potsdam, the state capital, stands at 27.2. In Berlin, four out of twelve districts are now below 50, but the city state’s overall Incidence Number rose slightly.

CORONA IN GERMANY NUMBERS
Sources: Robert Koch Institute (RKI)/Johns Hopkins University (JHU)
Date and Time: February 19th, 2021, 08:02 a.m. CET
Days since first Corona case was confirmed in FRG: 388
Total number of infections and source: 2,369,719 (RKI)
Number of new infections in past 24 hours: 9,113
Total number of Corona-related deaths: 67,206 (RKI)
Corona-related deaths in past 24 hours: 508
Seven Day Incidence Number Germany: 56.8
Seven Day Incidence Number Berlin: 54.6

February 18th, 2021

In Flensburg, a town of 90,000 inhabitants at the Danish border, an alarming situation has developed. The so-called “British Corona variant” is spreading rapidly. For that reason, the government of the federal state of Schleswig-Holstein and the local authorities are putting in place far-reaching measures, including a nightly curfew and tightened contact restrictions.

In the meantime, there are issues with the vaccine manufactured by the Swedish-British company AstraZeneca. Many Germans who could be vaccinated with this product, among them hospital staff members, do not want it.

CORONA IN GERMANY NUMBERS
Sources: Robert Koch Institute (RKI)/Johns Hopkins University (JHU)
Date and Time: February 18th, 2021, 08:32 a.m. CET
Days since first Corona case was confirmed in FRG: 387
Total number of infections and source: 2,360,606 (RKI)
Number of new infections in past 24 hours: 10,207
Total number of Corona-related deaths: 66,698 (RKI)
Corona-related deaths in past 24 hours: 534
Seven Day Incidence Number Germany: 57.1
Seven Day Incidence Number Berlin: 53.7

February 17th, 2021

New, more aggressive Coronavirus mutants now account for 22 percent of all new infections in Germany. Health Minister Jens Spahn announces this shocking number at a press conference in Berlin.

In the CDU, Angela Merkel’s conservative party, yet another discussion about the Corona policies has erupted. Even First Ministers who were part of the decision taking processes themselves suddenly have doubts in regard to linking the reopening of businesses solely to the Seven Day Incidence Number.

In three federal states the Incidence Numbers already dropped below 50. In only one state, Thuringia, the value is still above 100. The more the numbers fall, the more calls there are for a return to normality.

CORONA IN GERMANY NUMBERS
Sources: Robert Koch Institute (RKI)/Johns Hopkins University (JHU)
Date and Time: February 17th, 2021, 09:25 a.m. CET
Days since first Corona case was confirmed in FRG: 386
Total number of infections and source: 2,350,399 (RKI)
Number of new infections in past 24 hours: 7,556
Total number of Corona-related deaths: 66,164 (RKI)
Corona-related deaths in past 24 hours: 560
Seven Day Incidence Number Germany: 57.0
Seven Day Incidence Number Berlin: 48.5

February 16th, 2021

The latest big discussion politicians and other Germans are involved in is about the Easter vacations in April. Chancellor Angela Merkel’s spokesman Steffen Seibert stated, the government was working on ways to make this year’s Easter holiday different, compared to last year. At the same time he said there could not be promises about an easing of restrictions for Easter. In 2020, the first lockdown had been in place during the Christian holiday.

The discussion had been triggered by Saxony’s First Minister Michael Kretschmer. During the weekend, he had told the ‘Bild am Sonntag’ publication, there could not be any Easter vacation trips this year.” For this quote, he was criticized by colleagues and tour operators.

CORONA IN GERMANY NUMBERS
Sources: Robert Koch Institute (RKI)/Johns Hopkins University (JHU)
Date and Time: February 16th, 2021, 08:08 a.m. CET
Days since first Corona case was confirmed in FRG: 385
Total number of infections and source: 2,342,843 (RKI)
Number of new infections in past 24 hours: 3,856
Total number of Corona-related deaths: 65,604 (RKI)
Corona-related deaths in past 24 hours: 528
Seven Day Incidence Number Germany: 59
Seven Day Incidence Number Berlin: 57.4

February 15th, 2021

In Berlin, new and more aggressive Coronavirus mutations now account for 10 percent of all new infections. The city state’s Health Senator Dilek Kalayci defends the latest lockdown prolongation because of the danger those new variants pose. At the same time, Governing Mayor Michael Müller announces a step-by-step reopening plan on national television.

Berlins Corona numbers have dropped substantially in the past weeks. In four out of twelve districts, the Seven Day Incidence Numbers are now below 50. In all of them, they are below 100. The number of Corona patients who are being treated at Berlin’s hospitals decreased a lot as well. There are less than 1,000 of them right now.

CORONA IN GERMANY NUMBERS
Sources: Robert Koch Institute (RKI)/Johns Hopkins University (JHU)
Date and Time: February 15th, 2021, 08:20 a.m. CET
Days since first Corona case was confirmed in FRG: 384
Total number of infections and source: 2,338,987 (RKI)
Number of new infections in past 24 hours: 4,426
Total number of Corona-related deaths: 65,076 (RKI)
Corona-related deaths in past 24 hours: 116
Seven Day Incidence Number Germany: 58.9
Seven Day Incidence Number Berlin: 56.8

February 14th, 2021

Germany introduces tight checks at its borders to Czechia and the Austrian federal state of Tyrol. Germans and persons with residence permits for Germany may enter. The same applies to doctors, caretakers, nurses, truck drivers and seasonal agricultural workers. Fathers who want to be present for the birth of their child may enter, as well as persons who intend to take part in funerals of direct relatives. All persons who enter Germany through those two borders need to have confirmations for Corona tests that turned out negative, and they have to go into quarantine.

Germany’s Interior Minister Horst Seehofer tells the ‘Bild am Sonntag’ weekly, persons who did not belong to the few exceptions could not enter Germany at the borders in question. According to him, the Federal Police will check everyone.

CORONA IN GERMANY NUMBERS
Sources: Robert Koch Institute (RKI)/Johns Hopkins University (JHU)
Date and Time: February 14th, 2021, 08:05 a.m. CET
Days since first Corona case was confirmed in FRG: 383
Total number of infections and source: 2,334,561 (RKI)
Number of new infections in past 24 hours: 6,114
Total number of Corona-related deaths: 64,960 (RKI)
Corona-related deaths in past 24 hours: 218
Seven Day Incidence Number Germany: 57.4
Seven Day Incidence Number Berlin: 57.2

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February 13th, 2021

The European Commission has criticized Germany for closing its borders to Czechia and the Austrian federal state of Tyrol. The closure will apply starting tonight. According to the Commission, the recommendations the E.U. partners had recently agreed on contained exceptions, for instance for commuters.

Germany’s Interior Minister Horst Seehofer fired back. The E.U. Commission had made “enough mistakes” in regard to the acquisition of vaccine, he told the ‘Bild’ tabloid. “The Commission should support uns, instead of putting a spokes into our wheel with its cheap hints.”

The closure of those borders has to do with the rapid spread of more aggressive variants of the Coronavirus. Germany wants to stop them at the border.

Seehofer rejects criticism from Brussels.

CORONA IN GERMANY NUMBERS
Sources: Robert Koch Institute (RKI)/Johns Hopkins University (JHU)
Date and Time: February 13th, 2021, 08:00 a.m. CET
Days since first Corona case was confirmed in FRG: 382
Total number of infections and source: 2,328,447 (RKI)
Number of new infections in past 24 hours: 8,354
Total number of Corona-related deaths: 64,742 (RKI)
Corona-related deaths in past 24 hours: 551
Seven Day Incidence Number Germany: 60.1
Seven Day Incidence Number Berlin: 57.4

February 12th, 2021

Germany is about to extend its travel ban list. From Saturday, it will include Czechia and the Austrian federal state of Tyrol. In Berlin, the Interior Ministry intends to reintroduce stationary checks at the corresponding borders. That way, more aggressive variants of the Coronavirus are supposed to kept out of Germany.

In the meantime, officials, including mayors, police officers, firefighters and even clergymen in many parts of Germany have been vaccinated against COVID-19 even though it was not their turn yet, according to virtually all German-language media. This publication, The Berlin Spectator, had reported about a case in which seven police officers were vaccinated in Berlin in late December of 2020.

CORONA IN GERMANY NUMBERS
Sources: Robert Koch Institute (RKI)/Johns Hopkins University (JHU)
Date and Time: February 12th, 2021, 08:05 a.m. CET
Days since first Corona case was confirmed in FRG: 381
Total number of infections and source: 2,320,093 (RKI)
Number of new infections in past 24 hours: 9,860
Total number of Corona-related deaths: 64,191 (RKI)
Corona-related deaths in past 24 hours: 556
Seven Day Incidence Number Germany: 62.2
Seven Day Incidence Number Berlin: 62.9

February 11th, 2021

A day after Angela Merkel’s Corona conference, she defended the prolongation of the ongoing Corona lockdown until March 7th and the other decisions that were taken. The Chancellor said the recently discovered Corona mutants were dangerous. The goal was to make sure they did not have the room to spread. According to Mrs. Merkel, the new virus variants have the potential to “destroy the success” Germany had in the fight against corona right now.

CORONA IN GERMANY NUMBERS
Sources: Robert Koch Institute (RKI)/Johns Hopkins University (JHU)
Date and Time: February 11th, 2021, 08:16 a.m. CET
Days since first Corona case was confirmed in FRG: 380
Total number of infections and source: 2,310,233 (RKI)
Number of new infections in past 24 hours: 10,237
Total number of Corona-related deaths: 63,635 (RKI)
Corona-related deaths in past 24 hours: 666
Seven Day Incidence Number Germany: 64.2
Seven Day Incidence Number Berlin: 64.9

February 10th, 2021

Chancellor Angela Merkel and the First Ministers prolong the lockdown until March 7th, 2021. Barbershops may open from March 1st. The next “opening step” is supposed to be taken once Germany’s Seven Day Incidence Number drops down to 35. It is at 76 right now. The federal states will decide about the reopening of kindergartens and schools themselves. Some are open already.

Mrs. Merkel says the new Coronavirus mutation was “a reality”. In late January, 5.7 percent of all new infections had caught the “British variant” of the virus. The Chancellor warned the mutations needed to be fought. For that purpose, the Corona numbers needed to be as low as possible.

CORONA IN GERMANY NUMBERS
Sources: Robert Koch Institute (RKI)/Johns Hopkins University (JHU)
Date and Time: February 10th, 2021, 07:45 a.m. CET
Days since first Corona case was confirmed in FRG: 379
Total number of infections and source: 2,299,996 (RKI)
Number of new infections in past 24 hours: 8,072
Total number of Corona-related deaths: 62,969 (RKI)
Corona-related deaths in past 24 hours: 813
Seven Day Incidence Number Germany: 68.0
Seven Day Incidence Number Berlin: 64.9

February 9th, 2021

A day ahead of Chancellor Angela Merkel’s next Corona conference, many opinions are being shared in Germany. Some want all schools to open right now, others want them to remain closed or partially closed. The vaccination strategy is also being discussed.

For the opposition party FDP, its head Christian Lindner demanded a perspective for a reopening of “social life.” Keeping parts of the economy and Germany’s society closed was not good enough as a national effort against Corona, he stated. The extremist right-wing AfD’s chairman Jörg Meuthen said people we tired of the “Merkel Söder lockdown”.

At tomorrow’s conference, Mrs. Merkel and the First Ministers from the capitals of Germany’s sixteen federal states will likely prolong the lockdown by two weeks. But they might also change some restrictions.

CORONA IN GERMANY NUMBERS
Sources: Robert Koch Institute (RKI)/Johns Hopkins University (JHU)
Date and Time: February 9th, 2021, 09:12 a.m. CET
Days since first Corona case was confirmed in FRG: 378
Total number of infections and source: 2,291,924* (RKI)
Number of new infections in past 24 hours: 3,379*
Total number of Corona-related deaths: 62,156* (RKI)
Corona-related deaths in past 24 hours: 481*
(*North Rhine-Westphalia not included, data not received)
Seven Day Incidence Number Germany: 72.8
Seven Day Incidence Number Berlin: 71.1

February 8th, 2021

Germany’s Seven Day Incidence Number increased slightly since Sunday. But the number of new Corona infections within 24 hours is lower than it has been on a Monday morning in quite a while. What the federal states are concerned, only four out of sixteen of them have Incidence Numbers higher than 100.

In all likelihood, the ongoing Corona lockdown will be prolonged anyway. Chancellor Angela Merkel and the First Ministers from the states are scheduled to meet for their Corona conference on Wednesday.

CORONA IN GERMANY NUMBERS
Sources: Robert Koch Institute (RKI)/Johns Hopkins University (JHU)
Date and Time: February 8th, 2021, 08:30 a.m. CET
Days since first Corona case was confirmed in FRG: 377
Total number of infections and source: 2,288,545 (RKI)
Number of new infections in past 24 hours: 4,535
Total number of Corona-related deaths: 61,675 (RKI)
Corona-related deaths in past 24 hours: 158
Seven Day Incidence Number Germany: 76.0
Seven Day Incidence Number Berlin: 70.5

February 7th, 2021

Ahead of Chancellor Angela Merkel’s next Corona conference on Wednesday, more and more politicians in Berlin and the capitals of Germany’s federal states say it was too early for easing restrictions.

The First Minister of Baden-Württemberg, Winfried Kretschmann, told the ‘Tagesspiegel’ daily, the Incidence Number would have to drop well below 50 before any Corona restrictions could be lifted. Germany’s Commerce Minister Peter Altmaier said regions with low Incidence Numbers would possibly be able to ease some restrictions soon. He told ‘Bild am Sonntag’ he hoped for open restaurants for Easter.

CORONA IN GERMANY NUMBERS
Sources: Robert Koch Institute (RKI)/Johns Hopkins University (JHU)
Date and Time: February 7th, 2021, 09:10 a.m. CET
Days since first Corona case was confirmed in FRG: 376
Total number of infections and source: 2,284,010 (RKI)
Number of new infections in past 24 hours: 8,616
Total number of Corona-related deaths: 61,517 (RKI)
Corona-related deaths in past 24 hours: 231
Seven Day Incidence Number Germany: 75.6
Seven Day Incidence Number Berlin: 70.1

February 6th, 2021

In summer, there might finally be a Corona vaccine for children, according to Germany’s Health Minister Jens Spahn. Especially children with pre-existing conditions need to be vaccinated. The three vaccines available in the European Union right now were approved from 16 years of age (Biontech’s product) and from 18 (Moderna and Astra Zeneca).

In spite of the decreasing Corona infection numbers in Germany, the ongoing lockdown will probably be prolonged until the end of the month. Several heads of government in the country’s federal states, including Berlin’s Governing Mayor Michael Müller, have said this was not the time for discussions about easing restrictions.

CORONA IN GERMANY NUMBERS
Sources: Robert Koch Institute (RKI)/Johns Hopkins University (JHU)
Date and Time: February 6th, 2021, 07:40 a.m. CET
Days since first Corona case was confirmed in FRG: 375
Total number of infections and source: 2,275,394 (RKI)
Number of new infections in past 24 hours: 10,485
Total number of Corona-related deaths: 61,286 (RKI)
Corona-related deaths in past 24 hours: 689
Seven Day Incidence Number Germany: 77.3
Seven Day Incidence Number Berlin: 74.4

February 5th, 2021

In Berlin, the Corona situation has improved substantially. The number of Corona patients in the city’s hospitals has decreased. The same applies to the number of new Corona infections. All twelve districts now have Seven Day Incidence Numbers below 100. If this trend continues, the local health authorities might be able to trace all infection cases back to their sources soon. Just a few weeks ago, Berlin used to be one of Germany’s Corona hotspots.

CORONA IN GERMANY NUMBERS
Sources: Robert Koch Institute (RKI)/Johns Hopkins University (JHU)
Date and Time: February 5th, 2021, 09:12 a.m. CET
Days since first Corona case was confirmed in FRG: 374
Total number of infections and source: 2,264,909 (RKI)
Number of new infections in past 24 hours: 12,908
Total number of Corona-related deaths: 60,597 (RKI)
Corona-related deaths in past 24 hours: 855
Seven Day Incidence Number Germany: 79.9
Seven Day Incidence Number Berlin: 76.5

February 4th, 2021

The government in Berlin will provide data on the spread of the new, more dangerous Coronavirus mutants in Germany early next week. Chancellor Angela Merkel and the First Ministers from the provinces and city states intend to take important decisions next Wednesday, for instance on the lockdown. They need more clarity on the more contagious Corona variants in order to be able to do so.

One thing is certain: Both the British and the South African mutants have spread in Germany. The question is to what extent this happened.

CORONA IN GERMANY NUMBERS
Sources: Robert Koch Institute (RKI)/Johns Hopkins University (JHU)
Date and Time: February 4th, 2021, 09:25 a.m. CET
Days since first Corona case was confirmed in FRG: 373
Total number of infections and source: 2,252,001 (RKI)
Number of new infections in past 24 hours: 14,211
Total number of Corona-related deaths: 59,742 (RKI)
Corona-related deaths in past 24 hours: 786
Seven Day Incidence Number Germany: 80.7
Seven Day Incidence Number Berlin: 80.6

February 3rd, 2021

Germany’s armed forces, the Bundeswehr, are sending a team of doctors and caretakers to Portugal today, where the health system is collapsing. Many Corona patients cannot be treated anymore.

In Germany itself, the number of new Corona infections keeps on decreasing along with the country’s Seven Day Incidence Number. But the number of Corona-related deaths continues to be high. Almost 1,000 Corona patients died in the past 24 hours.

CORONA IN GERMANY NUMBERS
Sources: Robert Koch Institute (RKI)/Johns Hopkins University (JHU)
Date and Time: February 3rd, 2021, 08:58 a.m. CET
Days since first Corona case was confirmed in FRG: 372
Total number of infections and source: 2,237,790 (RKI)
Number of new infections in past 24 hours: 9,705
Total number of Corona-related deaths: 58,956 (RKI)
Corona-related deaths in past 24 hours: 975
Seven Day Incidence Number Germany: 82.9
Seven Day Incidence Number Berlin: 84.8

February 2nd, 2021

In spite of the Vaccination Summit, Health Minister Jens Spahn does not see any quick improvement regarding the lack of vaccine Germany is facing. He tells the ARD news broadcast ‘Tagesthemen’, several tough weeks were ahead. Things could not be sped up, not even with money. The Minister says he expected an improvement in the second quarter of 2021.

CORONA IN GERMANY NUMBERS
Sources: Robert Koch Institute (RKI)/Johns Hopkins University (JHU)
Date and Time: February 2nd, 2021, 08:00 a.m. CET
Days since first Corona case was confirmed in FRG: 371
Total number of infections and source: 2,228,085 (RKI)
Number of new infections in past 24 hours: 6,114
Total number of Corona-related deaths: 57,981 (RKI)
Corona-related deaths in past 24 hours: 861
Seven Day Incidence Number Germany: 90.0
Seven Day Incidence Number Berlin: 84.8

February 1st, 2021

Germany is about to amend its Corona vaccination regulation. Because the Astra Zeneca vaccine, which will be delivered starting this week, is being recommended for persons up to 64 years of age, more hospital staff members, caretakers and other high risk groups will be vaccinated at this point in time.

Due to all the criticism the government is confronted with because of the lack of vaccine, Health Minister Jens Spahn tells ZDF television, the virus was the enemy. Blaming each other was not helpful.

At a Vaccination Summit, Chancellor Angela Merkel, the First Ministers and representatives for vaccine manufacturers discuss the main issue, namely the lack of vaccine in Germany. Afterwards, Mrs. Merkel announces a ‘national vaccination plan’ and reiterates a promise: Everyone in Germany, apart from the country’s 9 million children, will receive a “vaccination offer” by September 21st, 2021.

CORONA IN GERMANY NUMBERS
Sources: Robert Koch Institute (RKI)/Johns Hopkins University (JHU)
Date and Time: February 1st, 2021, 10:00 a.m. CET
Days since first Corona case was confirmed in FRG: 370
Total number of infections and source: 2,221,971 (RKI)
Number of new infections in past 24 hours: 5,608
Total number of Corona-related deaths: 57,120 (RKI)
Corona-related deaths in past 24 hours: 175
Seven Day Incidence Number Germany: 90.9
Seven Day Incidence Number Berlin: 83.8

January 31st, 2021

Germany is discussing the low volume of vaccine deliveries it has to deal with right now. E.U. Commission President Ursula von der Leyen was going to get into the subject in talks with the manufacturers today.

Tomorrow, a Vaccine Summit is scheduled to take place. Chancellor Angela Merkel and the First Ministers from Germany’s federal states will take part in the video conference. So will Health Minister Jens Spahn and representatives of several vaccine manufacturers. Whether the vaccine deliveries can be increased by discussing this European problem on a national level is unclear.

In the meantime, Germany’s Seven day Incidence Number keeps on dropping.

CORONA IN GERMANY NUMBERS
Sources: Robert Koch Institute (RKI)/Johns Hopkins University (JHU)
Date and Time: January 31st, 2021, 9:36 a.m. CET
Days since first Corona case was confirmed in FRG: 369
Total number of infections and source: 2,216,363 (RKI)
Number of new infections in past 24 hours: 11,192
Total number of Corona-related deaths: 56,945 (RKI)
Corona-related deaths in past 24 hours: 399
Seven Day Incidence Number Germany: 90.2
Seven Day Incidence Number Berlin: 86.4

January 30th, 2021

Germany puts in place an entry ban from travelers from seven countries with high numbers of Corona mutation infection cases. The Berlin government tabulates the countries of the world into four categories. Most countries are ‘Risk Areas’.

Interior Minister Horst Seehofer defends the “drastic measure” by saying it was “absolutely necessary”.

CORONA IN GERMANY NUMBERS
Sources: Robert Koch Institute (RKI)/Johns Hopkins University (JHU)
Date and Time: January 30th, 2021, 9:30 a.m. CET
Days since first Corona case was confirmed in FRG: 368
Total number of infections and source: 2,205,171 (RKI)
Number of new infections in past 24 hours: 12,321
Total number of Corona-related deaths: 56,546 (RKI)
Corona-related deaths in past 24 hours: 794
Seven Day Incidence Number Germany: 90.9
Seven Day Incidence Number Berlin: 90.9

January 29th, 2021

While the number of new Coronavirus infections is constantly dropping by now, there are still far too many Corona-related deaths.

Germany fears the situation might escalate again because of those new Corona variants. In the federal state of Baden-Württemberg alone, as many as 115 Corona mutant infections have been confirmed. At the Airbus factory in Hamburg, seven employees are infected with B.1.1.7.

CORONA IN GERMANY NUMBERS
Sources: Robert Koch Institute (RKI)/Johns Hopkins University (JHU)
Date and Time: January 29th, 2021, 9:05 a.m. CET
Days since first Corona case was confirmed in FRG: 367
Total number of infections and source: 2,192,850 (RKI)
Number of new infections in past 24 hours: 14,022 (RKI)
Total number of Corona-related deaths: 55,752
Corona-related deaths in past 24 hours: 839
Seven Day Incidence Number Germany: 94.4
Seven Day Incidence Number Berlin: 95.3

January 28th, 2021

Germany’s Interior Minister Horst Seehofer confirms the government is preparing an entry ban for travelers from countries that are affected by spreading Coronavirus mutants in large numbers. This is the case in countries like Britain, Ireland, Spain, Portugal, Brazil and South Africa. At this stage, several ministries in Berlin are discussing the kind of exceptions that should be made. The ban could be put in place as early as next week.

CORONA IN GERMANY NUMBERS
Sources: Robert Koch Institute (RKI)/Johns Hopkins University (JHU)
Date and Time: January 28th, 2021, 10:05 a.m. CET
Days since first Corona case was confirmed in FRG: 366
Total number of infections and source: 2,178,828 (RKI)
Number of new infections in past 24 hours: 17,553 (RKI)
Total number of Corona-related deaths: 54,913
Corona-related deaths in past 24 hours: 941
Seven Day Incidence Number Germany: 98.0
Seven Day Incidence Number Berlin: 101.2

January 27th, 2021

More infections with new, more contagious variants of the Coronavirus are being confirmed in Bavaria, where hospitals needed to be closed as a result, and in Bremen.

Angela Merkel demands a fair distribution of vaccines, including to poorer countries. She offers self-criticism by saying processes in Germany were too slow and there were issues with the digitization in some areas.

CORONA IN GERMANY NUMBERS
Sources: Robert Koch Institute (RKI)/Johns Hopkins University (JHU)
Date and Time: January 27th, 2021, 08:40 a.m. CET
Days since first Corona case was confirmed in FRG: 365
Total number of infections and source: 2,161,279 (RKI)
Number of new infections in past 24 hours: 13,202 (RKI)
Total number of Corona-related deaths: 53,972
Corona-related deaths in past 24 hours: 982
Seven Day Incidence Number Germany: 101.0
Seven Day Incidence Number Berlin: 106.8

January 26th, 2021

In Germany, the number of new Corona infections per day has not been this low in months. According to the Robert Koch Institute in Berlin, there are 6,408 new cases today. On the other hand, the number of Corona-related deaths is still very high.

On the phone, Chancellor Angela Merkel and President Joe Biden agree that in the fight against the Corona pandemic international efforts need to be stepped up.

CORONA IN GERMANY NUMBERS
Sources: Robert Koch Institute (RKI)/Johns Hopkins University (JHU)
Date and Time: January 26th, 2021, 09:40 a.m. CET
Days since first Corona case was confirmed in FRG: 364
Total number of infections and source: 2,148,077 (RKI)
Number of new infections in past 24 hours: 6,408 (RKI)
Total number of Corona-related deaths: 52,990
Corona-related deaths in past 24 hours: 903
Seven Day Incidence Number Germany: 107.6
Seven Day Incidence Number Berlin: 110.3

January 25th, 2021

The new Coronavirus variant B.1.1.7 has hit the city of Flensburg, where some cases were reported. Germany’s Chancellery Minister Helge Braun believes the new Corona mutation will spread further. In an ARD interview he says the new variant would “become the dominant form and cause problems.” Braun states the Corona mutation needed to be kept out of Germany as long as possible.

CORONA IN GERMANY NUMBERS
Sources: Robert Koch Institute (RKI)/Johns Hopkins University (JHU)
Date and Time: January 25th, 2021, 09:40 a.m. CET
Days since first Corona case was confirmed in FRG: 363
Total number of infections and source: 2,141,665 (RKI)
Number of new infections in past 24 hours: 6,729 (RKI)
Total number of Corona-related deaths: 52,087
Corona-related deaths in past 24 hours: 217
Seven Day Incidence Number Germany: 111.2
Seven Day Incidence Number Berlin: 110.3

January 24th, 2021

Germany tightens its border crossing checks because of new rules for incoming passengers and the increasing danger of infection because of new Coronavirus mutations. The federal police increased the number of officers and Frankfurt Airport and other locations.

Passengers who enter Germany from ‘High Incidence’ areas and ‘Virus Variant’ areas need to be tested for Corona before their trip, register online and go into quarantine for ten days.

CORONA IN GERMANY NUMBERS
Sources: Robert Koch Institute (RKI)/Johns Hopkins University (JHU)
Date and Time: January 24th, 2021, 09:40 a.m. CET
Days since first Corona case was confirmed in FRG: 362
Total number of infections and source: 2,134,936 (RKI)
Number of new infections in past 24 hours: 12,257 (RKI)
Total number of Corona-related deaths: 51,870
Corona-related deaths in past 24 hours: 349
Seven Day Incidence Number Germany: 111.1
Seven Day Incidence Number Berlin: 111.0

January 23rd, 2021

More and more high-ranking politicians in Germany are demanding an end to the lockdown in mid-February. Saxony’s First Minister Michael Kretschmer tells the ‘Welt’ publication, kindergartens and schools needed to open next month. According to him, retail businesses should follow in March.

Within the CDU’s Bundestag caucus, opposing views on the end of the lockdown are being expressed. Floor leader Ralph Brinkhaus warns schools should not reopen too early.

Michael Kretschmer. Photo: CDU Landesverband Sachsen

CORONA IN GERMANY NUMBERS
Sources: Robert Koch Institute (RKI)/Johns Hopkins University (JHU)
Date and Time: January 23rd, 2021, 08:15 a.m. CET
Days since first Corona case was confirmed in FRG: 361
Total number of infections and source: 2,122,679 (RKI)
Number of new infections in past 24 hours: 16,417 (RKI)
Total number of Corona-related deaths: 51,521
Corona-related deaths in past 24 hours: 859
Seven Day Incidence Number Germany: 112.6
Seven Day Incidence Number Berlin: 118.9

January 22nd, 2021

The European Union increasingly worries about the new Corona variant B1.1.7 which is already spreading in Spain and Portugal. After a video summit with the E.U. heads of government and heads of state, European Council President Charles Michel says the vaccinations would have to be sped up and “very strict measures” might have to be put in place.

In Germany, the number of Corona related deaths exceeds 50,000 and that of new infections remains high.

CORONA IN GERMANY NUMBERS
Sources: Robert Koch Institute (RKI)/Johns Hopkins University (JHU)
Date and Time: January 22nd, 2021, 08:40 a.m. CET
Days since first Corona case was confirmed in FRG: 360
Total number of infections and source: 2,106,262 (RKI)
Number of new infections in past 24 hours: 17,862 (RKI)
Total number of Corona-related deaths: 50,642
Corona-related deaths in past 24 hours: 879
Seven Day Incidence Number Germany: 115.3
Seven Day Incidence Number Berlin: 128.0

January 21st, 2021

Germany’s Seven Day Incidence Number drops to its lowest level since November 1st, 2020. With 20,398, the number of new infections within 24 hours is still high, but a lot lower than a week ago. According to the Robert Koch Institute, 1,013 individuals died within the past day.

The worries about a more contagious Coronavirus variant that already spread in Britain and Ireland are increasing. Six more cases were reported in Berlin.

CORONA IN GERMANY NUMBERS
Sources: Robert Koch Institute (RKI)/Johns Hopkins University (JHU)
Date and Time: January 21st, 2021, 09:00 a.m. CET
Days since first Corona case was confirmed in FRG: 359
Total number of infections and source: 2,088,400 (RKI)
Number of new infections in past 24 hours: 20,398 (RKI)
Total number of Corona-related deaths: 49,783
Corona-related deaths in past 24 hours: 1,013
Seven Day Incidence Number Germany: 119.0
Seven Day Incidence Number Berlin: 136.6

January 20th, 2021

Germany’s Labor Minister Hubertus Heil prompted all companies in the country to let their employees work from home wherever possible. After yesterday’s Corona conference, he told ‘Bild Live’ that companies would have to identify areas in which working from home was possible. Heil announced checks on site.

Today, most federal states are expected to adopt the additional rules that were announced on Tuesday night after the Corona conference.

CORONA IN GERMANY NUMBERS
Sources: Robert Koch Institute (RKI)/Johns Hopkins University (JHU)
Date and Time: January 20th, 2021, 07:25 a.m. CET
Days since first Corona case was confirmed in FRG: 358
Total number of infections and source: 2,068,002 (RKI)
Number of new infections in past 24 hours: 15,974 (RKI)
Total number of Corona-related deaths: 48,770
Corona-related deaths in past 24 hours: 1,148
Seven Day Incidence Number Germany: 123.5
Seven Day Incidence Number Berlin: 144.2

January 19th, 2021

At 2:00 p.m. CET, another Corona conference with the Chancellor and the First Ministers commences. It lasts almost 11 hours. In the late evening, Angela Merkel announces additions to the existing Corona rules. Wearing medical masks in shops and public transport will be mandatory starting on Thursday. Schools and kindergartens remain closed. The lockdown is being prolonged until February 14th, 2021.

CORONA IN GERMANY NUMBERS
Sources: Robert Koch Institute (RKI)/Johns Hopkins University (JHU)
Date and Time: January 19th, 2021, 08:50 a.m. CET
Days since first Corona case was confirmed in FRG: 357
Total number of infections and source: 2,052,028 (RKI)
Number of new infections in past 24 hours: 11,369 (RKI)
Total number of Corona-related deaths: 47,622
Corona-related deaths in past 24 hours: 989
Seven Day Incidence Number Germany: 131.5
Seven Day Incidence Number Berlin: 163.3

January 18th, 2021

A day before Chancellor Angela Merkel and the First Ministers are scheduled to discuss yet another tightening of the Corona rules, comparatively low Corona numbers are being released. The Robert Koch Institute reports only 7,141 new Corona infections within 24 hours and ‘only’ 214 related deaths. It is unclear whether this is the beginning of a trend or a coincidence.

Vice Chancellor Olaf Scholz tells ‘Bild Live’ he expects the existing lockdown to be prolonged by two weeks. And he wants to put pressure on companies. They are supposed to let more employees work from home.

CORONA IN GERMANY NUMBERS
Sources: Robert Koch Institute (RKI)/Johns Hopkins University (JHU)
Date and Time: January 18th, 2021, 08:25 a.m. CET
Days since first Corona case was confirmed in FRG: 356
Total number of infections and source: 2,040,659 (RKI)
Number of new infections in past 24 hours: 7,141 (RKI)
Total number of Corona-related deaths: 46,633
Corona-related deaths in past 24 hours: 214
Seven Day Incidence Number Germany: 134.4
Seven Day Incidence Number Berlin: 160.2

January 17th, 2021

The German government intends to tighten the ongoing lockdown for the third time. Since the rules are already rather strict, there are not too many options left. What will Chancellor Angela Merkel and the First Ministers discuss?

Due to an issue with the Robert Koch Institute’s data base, some numbers are unavailable (see the box below).

CORONA IN GERMANY NUMBERS
Sources: Robert Koch Institute (RKI)/Johns Hopkins University (JHU)
Date and Time: January 17th, 2021, 08:40 a.m. CET
Days since first Corona case was confirmed in FRG: 355
Total number of infections and source: 2,033,518 (RKI)
Number of new infections in past 24 hours: 13,882 (RKI)
Total number of Corona-related deaths: 46,419
Corona-related deaths in past 24 hours: 445
Seven Day Incidence Number Germany: 136.0
Seven Day Incidence Number Berlin: 164.1

January 16th, 2021

At Chancellor Angela Merkel’s Corona conference, which was just preponed to Tuesday, January 19th, 2021, curfews might be discussed. In an interview with the ‘Rheinische Post’ daily, Tobias Hans, the First Minister of Saarland, says next week’s discussions should be conducted without taboos. He states making more people work from home needed to be discussed, but also curfews.

Biontech, the German company that distributes a Corona vaccine with its American affiliate Pfizer, announces the delivery shortages it announced earlier would not last as long as anticipated at first. On January 25th, it would return to the original delivery schedule. On February 15th, the deliveries would be increased beyond the announcements that had been made so far, Biontech says.

CORONA IN GERMANY NUMBERS
Sources: Robert Koch Institute (RKI)/Johns Hopkins University (JHU)
Date and Time: January 16th, 2021, 06:40 a.m. CET
Days since first Corona case was confirmed in FRG: 354
Total number of infections and source: 2,019,636 (RKI)
Number of new infections in past 24 hours: 18,678
Total number of Corona-related deaths: 45,974
Corona-related deaths in past 24 hours: 980
Seven Day Incidence Number Germany: 139.2
Seven Day Incidence Number Berlin: 194.7

January 15th, 2021

Chancellor Angela Merkel sees the need to tighten the Corona restrictions even more. Her Corona conference with the First Ministers from all federal states was preponed to Tuesday of next week. Originally, it was supposed to take place on January 25th, 2021.

Baden-Württemberg’s First Minister Winfried Kretschmann supports Merkel’s approach. So does Professor Lothar Wieler, the head of the Robert Koch Institute.

CORONA IN GERMANY NUMBERS
Sources: Robert Koch Institute (RKI)/Johns Hopkins University (JHU)
Date and Time: January 15th, 2021, 09:45 a.m. CET
Days since first Corona case was confirmed in FRG: 353
Total number of infections and source: 2,000,958 (RKI)
Number of new infections in past 24 hours: 22,368
Total number of Corona-related deaths: 44,994
Corona-related deaths in past 24 hours: 1,113
Seven Day Incidence Number Germany: 146.1
Seven Day Incidence Number Berlin: 194.7

January 14th, 2021

Armin Laschet, the First Minister of North Rhine-Westphalia, is expecting a long lockdown, possibly until Easter. “The situation is serious. It would be wrong to rule out anything”, he told the ‘Kölner Stadtanzeiger’ daily. Laschet said there would be “a realistic picture” in regard to the infection numbers one which would also include the ramifications of people’s behavior during the recent Christmas holiday, on January 17th.

In Hagen, several residents of a retirement home have been infected with the Coronavirus in spite of being vaccinated, according to the ‘WAZ’ daily. The persons affected had only gotten the first of two required vaccinations before they had tested positive, a spokesperson for the city stated.

CORONA IN GERMANY NUMBERS
Sources: Robert Koch Institute (RKI)/Johns Hopkins University (JHU)
Date and Time: January 14th, 2021, 10:10 a.m. CET
Days since first Corona case was confirmed in FRG: 352
Total number of infections and source: 1,978,590 (RKI)
Number of new infections in past 24 hours: 25,164
Total number of Corona-related deaths: 43,881
Corona-related deaths in past 24 hours: 1,244
Seven Day Incidence Number Germany: 151.2
Seven Day Incidence Number Berlin: 199.2

January 13th, 2021

During a meeting, Chancellor Angela Merkel reportedly warned of newly discovered Corona mutations that are spreading in some countries. She mentioned the situation in Ireland. While number of new Coronavirus infections in Germany remains high, the government is hoping it will not explode.

The city state of Berlin updates its Corona rules. For instance, the Senate adds the ‘leash rule’ and makes childcare easier.

CORONA IN GERMANY NUMBERS
Sources: Robert Koch Institute (RKI)/Johns Hopkins University (JHU)
Date and Time: January 13th, 2021, 10:10 a.m. CET
Days since first Corona case was confirmed in FRG: 351
Total number of infections and source: 1,953,426 (RKI)
Number of new infections in past 24 hours: 19,600
Total number of Corona-related deaths: 41,577
Corona-related deaths in past 24 hours: 1,060
Seven Day Incidence Number Germany: 155
Seven Day Incidence Number Berlin: 199.9

January 12th, 2021

Health Minister Jens Spahn is working on enacting a new rule for passengers coming in from high risk countries. They are supposed to get tested for Corona infections before they board their flights. If Spahn gets his way, the airlines will have to check their passengers’ Corona test documents during check-in.

The new rule is supposed to apply to passengers who travel to Germany from countries that reported the spread new, more contagious Coronavirus variants and from countries with extremely high Seven Day Incidence Numbers.

CORONA IN GERMANY NUMBERS
Sources: Robert Koch Institute (RKI)/Johns Hopkins University (JHU)
Date and Time: January 12th, 2021, 09:20 a.m. CET
Days since first Corona case was confirmed in FRG: 350
Total number of infections and source: 1,933,826 (RKI)
Number of new infections in past 24 hours: 12,802
Total number of Corona-related deaths: 41,577
Corona-related deaths in past 24 hours: 891
Seven Day Incidence Number Germany: 164.5
Seven Day Incidence Number Berlin: 190.8

January 11th, 2021

On Tuesday, a Corona vaccine made by the American company Moderna will be delivered to Germany’s federal states. It is not known whether the pace at which vaccinations are being administered will increase immediately, now that two vaccines are available, the one by Moderna and one delivered by Biontech and Pfizer.

In spite of the alarming situation, with rising infection numbers and the spread of a new mutation of the Coronavirus, there are new demands for ending the lockdown the latest version of which was just put in place.

CORONA IN GERMANY NUMBERS
Sources: Robert Koch Institute (RKI)/Johns Hopkins University (JHU)
Date and Time: January 11th, 2021, 09:20 a.m. CET
Days since first Corona case was confirmed in FRG: 349
Total number of infections and source: 1,921,024 (RKI)
Number of new infections in past 24 hours: 12,497
Total number of Corona-related deaths: 40,686
Corona-related deaths in past 24 hours: 343
Seven Day Incidence Number Germany: 166.6
Seven Day Incidence Number Berlin: 186.6

January 10th, 2021

The Corona numbers in Germany are on the rise again. It is unclear whether this development had to do with trips people took for Christmas or New Year’s Eve, with the new, more contagious Coronavirus variant or with other aspects.

In Spite of the situation, four federal states will be reopening their schools for some grades tomorrow. They are Baden-Württemberg, Mecklenburg-Hither Pomerania, Saxony-Anhalt and Thuringia. In the latter state, the Corona numbers are among the worst in Germany.

CORONA IN GERMANY NUMBERS
Sources: Robert Koch Institute (RKI)/Johns Hopkins University (JHU)
Date and Time: January 10th, 2021, 09:55 a.m. CET
Days since first Corona case was confirmed in FRG: 348
Total number of infections and source: 1,908,527 (RKI)
Number of new infections in past 24 hours: 16,964
Total number of Corona-related deaths: 40,343
Corona-related deaths in past 24 hours: 465
Seven Day Incidence Number Germany: 162.2
Seven Day Incidence Number Berlin: 191.7

January 9th, 2021

In Germany, worries about the new Coronavirus mutation are spreading about as fast as the virus itself. The first B177 case was confirmed in Berlin, where the authorities are looking for persons the infected individual may have been in contact with before he was isolated. The Corona numbers in Berlin are increasing again right now.

With 24,694 new Corona infections within the past 24 hours. the numbers for Germany are still far too high as well. Relatively few people in Germany have been vaccinated against the virus, so far.

CORONA IN GERMANY NUMBERS
Sources: Robert Koch Institute (RKI)/Johns Hopkins University (JHU)
Date and Time: January 9th, 2021, 08:50 a.m. CET
Days since first Corona case was confirmed in FRG: 347
Total number of infections and source: 1,891,581 (RKI)
Number of new infections in past 24 hours: 24,694
Total number of Corona-related deaths: 39,878
Corona-related deaths in past 24 hours: 1,083
Seven Day Incidence Number Germany: 153.3
Seven Day Incidence Number Berlin: 171.3

January 8th, 2021

In Germany, the Corona numbers are back to where they were before Christmas. According to the Robert Koch Institute, 31,894 new infections were registered in the past 24 hours. With 1,188, the number of Corona-related deaths that were reported during the same time period is extremely high. The Seven Day Incidence Number for Germany rose again as well. On Thursday, it stood at 121.8. Now it is 136.5.

So far, 417,060 people have been vaccinated against Corona. On Wednesday, 46.332 persons were vaccinated. At this stage, the vaccination quota in Germany is 0.44 percent.

CORONA IN GERMANY NUMBERS
Sources: Robert Koch Institute (RKI)/Johns Hopkins University (JHU)
Date and Time: January 8th, 2021, 06:30 a.m. CET
Days since first Corona case was confirmed in FRG: 346
Total number of infections and source: 1,866,887 (RKI)
Number of new infections in past 24 hours: 31,894
Total number of Corona-related deaths: 38,795
Corona-related deaths in past 24 hours: 1,188
Seven Day Incidence Number Germany: 136.5
Seven Day Incidence Number Berlin: 139.6

January 7th, 2021

In spite of weeks of lockdowns and other measures designed to curb Corona, the number of new infections, and that of Corona-related deaths, are not decreasing. The only good sign is the slow decrease of Germany’s Seven Day Incidence Number. In the meantime, the argument about vaccines is continuing.

CORONA IN GERMANY NUMBERS
Sources: Robert Koch Institute (RKI)/Johns Hopkins University (JHU)
Date and Time: January 7th, 2021, 09:10 a.m. CET
Days since first Corona case was confirmed in FRG: 345
Total number of infections and source: 1,835,038 (RKI)
Number of new infections in past 24 hours: 26,391
Total number of Corona-related deaths: 37,607
Corona-related deaths in past 24 hours: 1,070
Seven Day Incidence Number Germany: 121.8
Seven Day Incidence Number Berlin: 130.6

January 6th, 2021

Just hours after Chancellor Angela Merkel announced a prolongation of the lockdown and tightened contact restrictions, the Corona numbers are rising again. In Berlin, the Robert Koch Institute reported 21,237 new infections and 1,019 Corona-related deaths. While the situation has improved in the city state of Berlin, the opposite is the case in Brandenburg province.

CORONA IN GERMANY NUMBERS
Sources: Robert Koch Institute (RKI)/Johns Hopkins University (JHU)
Date and Time: January 6th, 2021, 08:30 a.m. CET
Days since first Corona case was confirmed in FRG: 344
Total number of infections and source: 1,801,647 (RKI)
Number of new infections in past 24 hours: 21,237
Total number of Corona-related deaths: 36,537
Corona-related deaths in past 24 hours: 1,019
Seven Day Incidence Number Germany: 127.3
Seven Day Incidence Number Berlin: 131.8

January 5th, 2021

Chancellor Angela Merkel and the First Ministers and First Mayors from Germany’s provinces and city states extend the lockdown. For now, it will last until the end of the month.

Schools and kindergartens remain closed. The contact restrictions were tightened. And there is a new “leash rule” for Germany’s Corona hotspots.

CORONA IN GERMANY NUMBERS
Sources: Robert Koch Institute (RKI)/Johns Hopkins University (JHU)
Date and Time: January 5th, 2021, 09:05 a.m. CET
Days since first Corona case was confirmed in FRG: 343
Total number of infections and source: 1,787,410 (RKI)
Number of new infections in past 24 hours: 11,897
Total number of Corona-related deaths: 35,518
Corona-related deaths in past 24 hours: 944
Seven Day Incidence Number Germany: 134.7
Seven Day Incidence Number Berlin: 116.1

January 4th, 2021

More and more First Ministers in Germany, including Tobias Hans from Saarland, say there was no alternative to a prolongation of the lockdown that was put in place in mid-December. Hans said extending it was the only way to prevent a third Corona wave from hitting.

Health Minister Jens Spahn responded to harsh criticism on the amount of vaccine doses Germany had gotten. In an interview with RTL television, he said 1.3 million vaccine doses had already been delivered to the federal states. By the end of January, that number would be increased to four million.

CORONA IN GERMANY NUMBERS
Sources: Robert Koch Institute (RKI)/Johns Hopkins University (JHU)
Date and Time: January 4th, 2021, 08:00 a.m. CET
Days since first Corona case was confirmed in FRG: 342
Total number of infections and source: 1,775,513 (RKI)
Number of new infections in past 24 hours: 9,847
Total number of Corona-related deaths: 34,574
Corona-related deaths in past 24 hours: 302
Seven Day Incidence Number Germany: 139.4
Seven Day Incidence Number Berlin: 129.8

January 3rd, 2021

Bavaria’s First Minister Markus Söder believes the strict lockdown in Germany, which officially ends on January 10th, needs to be prolonged. In an interview with ‘Funke Mediengruppe’ he said a premature easing of the rules would throw back Germany. Söder also stated the ramifications of what had been going on during the Christmas holidays and around New Year’s Eve were not foreseeable yet.

On Tuesday, January 5th, 2021, Chancellor Angela Merkel and the First Ministers are supposed to take decisions about the ongoing lockdown. The ‘Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung’ weekly reports, the heads of government in Germany’s federal states had already decided to prolong the lockdown, but there was no agreement on the date on which it should end.

Health Minister Jens Spahn rejected harsh criticism in regard to Germany’s vaccination policy. He said the vaccination had begun as planned. It had been clear that there would be outages at the beginning.

CORONA IN GERMANY NUMBERS
Sources: Robert Koch Institute (RKI)/Johns Hopkins University (JHU)
Date and Time: January 3rd, 2021, 07:15 a.m. CET
Days since first Corona case was confirmed in FRG: 341
Total number of infections and source: 1,765.666 (RKI)
Number of new infections in past 24 hours: 10,315
Total number of Corona-related deaths: 34,272
Corona-related deaths in past 24 hours: 312
Seven Day Incidence Number Germany: 139.6
Seven Day Incidence Number Berlin: 130.7

January 2nd, 2021

Three days ahead of the next Corona conference Germany’s Chancellor Angela Merkel will conduct with the First Ministers from Germany’s sixteen federal states, hardly anyone believes the lockdown will be ended anytime soon. This applies to several doctors’ associations and the Trade association (HDE), which represents the interests of retail businesses. At this moment, the lockdown officially lasts until January 10th, 2021.

CORONA IN GERMANY NUMBERS
Sources: Robert Koch Institute (RKI)/Johns Hopkins University (JHU)
Date and Time: January 2nd, 2021, 07:07 a.m. CET
Days since first Corona case was confirmed in FRG: 340
Total number of infections and source: 1,755.351 (RKI)
Number of new infections in past 24 hours: 12,690
Total number of Corona-related deaths: 33,960
Corona-related deaths in past 24 hours: 336
Seven Day Incidence Number Germany: 141.2
Seven Day Incidence Number Berlin: 127.6

January 1st, 2021

On Friday, more than 165,000 Germans were vaccinated against the Coronavirus, according to the Robert Koch Institute, almost 32,000 more than on Friday. A lack of vaccine doses is the main issue right now.

In their New Year speeches, most First Ministers in Germany discussed Corona. Berlin’s Governing Mayor Müller said the danger posed by the pandemic needed to be taken seriously and following the rules was still important. His Bavarian colleague Markus Söder made clear there was no hope for a quick end of the Corona pandemic. He called the virus “mean”. All First Ministers said the ongoing vaccinations were reason for hope.

Three hundred and thirty-nine days after the first Corona infection case was confirmed in Germany, this is the situation:

CORONA IN GERMANY NUMBERS
Sources: Robert Koch Institute (RKI)/Johns Hopkins University (JHU)
Date and Time: January 1st, 2021, 10:30 a.m. CET
Days since first Corona case was confirmed in FRG: 339
Total number of infections and source: 1,742,661 (RKI)
Number of new infections in past 24 hours: 22,924 (RKI)
Total number of Corona-related deaths: 33,624
Corona-related deaths in past 24 hours: 553
Seven Day Incidence Number Germany: 141.9
Seven Day Incidence Number Berlin: 135.1

Related feature: Chronology 2020: Germany and the Corona Pandemic