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Corona virus: mask requirement is coming (update)


Bavaria is the first federal state to introduce a mask requirement

Update: April 20, 2020, 11:40 a.m.
Bavaria is the first federal state to introduce a mask requirement to prevent the new corona virus from spreading excessively. The obligation of mouth-nose protection masks (MNS) should apply to all shops as well as for local public transport. In a government statement, Prime Minister Markus Söder (CSU) emphasized that the main thing was to cover the nose and mouth. Homemade masks or a scarf would be enough.

Pay attention to hygiene measures

Since there are not enough masks to buy, it is important to take appropriate hygiene measures when reusing them. The Robert Koch Institute has issued simple recommendations for action so that wearing a mask does not result in more harm than good. These can be found here.

Other federal states are also following suit

In addition to Bavaria, Saxony and Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania also introduced a mandatory mouth and nose protection. The terms apply from April 27. Individual cities such as Jena and Wolfsburg had already started such an obligation on their own initiative. The federal government has not yet taken this step. So far, there is only an urgent recommendation to wear a mask. Experts suspect that such a duty will come as soon as enough masks are available.

In his statement, Söder drew a positive conclusion of the protective measures taken to date. Still, he warned of impatience. The current development is "fragile". A "normal life will not come so quickly".

Death rates in Germany are relatively low

Update: April 11th, 2020, 2:22 pm
Johns Hopkins University reports 1,709,014 COVID-19 cases and a total of 103,536 deaths related to SARS-CoV-2 infection. In the United States alone, there are currently over half a million cases of illness known. Death rates are particularly high in the United States, Spain, Italy, France and England. Around two thirds of all known COVID-19 deaths come from these five countries. According to Johns Hopkins University, 382,400 people are cured. Here are the case numbers of the ten most affected countries, according to Johns Hopkins University (as of April 11, 2020; 2:22 pm):

  • USA: 501,615 (18,777 deaths)
  • Spain: 161,852 (16,353 deaths)
  • Italy: 147,577 (18,849 deaths)
  • France: 125,931 (13,215 deaths)
  • Germany: 122,171 (2,736 deaths)
  • China: 83,014 (3,343 deaths)
  • England: 74,605 ​​(8,974 deaths)
  • Iran: 68,192 (4,232 deaths)
  • Turkey: 47,029 (1,006 deaths)
  • Belgium: 28,018 (3,346 deaths)

Situation in Germany on April 11, 2020

For Germany, the data from the Robert Koch Institute (RKI) are more reliable, but also somewhat slower. From April 10, 2020 to April 11, 2020, the RKI reports 4,133 new infections and 171 new deaths. The growth rates are therefore within the range of the past few days. In total, the RKI has 117,658 laboratory-confirmed COVID-19 cases and 2,544 deaths related to SARS-CoV-2. Here is an overview of the reported case numbers of the individual federal states (as of April 11, 2020; source: RKI):

  • Baden-Württemberg: 23,617 (+1,184 new infections); 622 deaths
  • Bavaria: 31,453 (+1,090 new infections); 747 deaths
  • Berlin: 4,458 (+109 new infections); 46 deaths
  • Brandenburg: 1,764 (+73 new infections); 37 deaths
  • Bremen: 469 (+15 new infections); 15 deaths
  • Hamburg: 3,663 (+112 new infections); 56 deaths
  • Hessen: 5,808 (+114 new infections); 120 deaths
  • Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania: 601 (+15 new infections); 11 deaths
  • Lower Saxony: 7,343 (+229 new infections); 171 deaths
  • North Rhine-Westphalia: 23,644 (+616 new infections); 472 deaths
  • Rhineland-Palatinate: 4,622 (+182 new infections); 59 deaths
  • Saarland: 2,016; (+162 new infections) 41 deaths
  • Saxony: 3,565 (+163 new infections); 65 deaths
  • Saxony-Anhalt: 1,135 (+14 new infections); 18 deaths
  • Schleswig Holstein: 2,065 (+36 new infections); 39 deaths
  • Thuringia: 1,435 (+19 new infections); 25 deaths

Do doctors wonder about Covid-19's new outbreak after healing?

Update: April 10th, 2020, 2:44 pm
The currently most favored concept is a controlled infection of the population. The basic prerequisite for this is immunity after a lived infection with the Covid-19 pathogen. So far, researchers around the world have assumed that at least temporary immunity will be achieved once a coronavirus infection has been overcome. A report by the South Korean "Korean Centers for Disease Control and Prevention" raises doubts about the concept. For a new course of the disease, patients who have already recovered apparently do not even have to become infected again with the corona.

Patients who have already been cured may appear to have another outbreak of Covid-19. The Korean Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (KCDC), which is comparable to the “Robert Koch Institute” in Germany, made this possible discovery in one of its daily briefings. Obviously, a new infection does not even have to take place for this.

The virus could potentially “reactivate”, said Jeong Eun-kyeong, director of the South Korean Health Agency. The KCDC is currently investigating 91 cases in which the disease has recurred after the affected people were actually considered to be cured. Presumably they did not get infected again, but the virus was reactivated in an unknown way. "We are now focusing more on a possible reactivation and are carrying out a comprehensive study on it," reports Eun-kyeong. "There have been many cases where patients were tested negative one day during their treatment and positive the next."

In China too, doctors worry about possible secondary infections. Similar cases had become known there. Several patients were discharged from the hospital as cured and later died of Covid-19. However, inconsistent test methods are also mentioned as a possible cause.

The positive development of COVID-19 new infections continues

Update: April 9th, 2020, 5:07 pm
In the past few days, there has been a very encouraging trend in reported new infections with the coronavirus SRAS-CoV-2, which continues with the new figures published by the Robert Koch Institute (RKI) today. The number of new infections remains below the limit of 5,000 cases. The extensive measures to contain the infections appear to have an effect, but they must be followed for the time being in order not to jeopardize their success. Here is an overview of the reported number of cases in the individual federal states (as of April 9, 2020; source: RKI):

  • Baden-Württemberg: 21,603 (+923 new infections); 519 deaths
  • Bavaria: 28,827 (+1,263 new infections); 635 deaths
  • Berlin: 4,202 (+174 new infections); 37 deaths
  • Brandenburg: 1,578 (+106 new infections); 30 deaths
  • Bremen: 445 (+21 new infections); 11 deaths
  • Hamburg: 3,320 (+155 new infections); 44 deaths
  • Hessen: 5,242 (+277 new infections); 100 deaths
  • Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania: 572 (+17 new infections); 11 deaths
  • Lower Saxony: 6,804 (+419 new infections); 141 deaths
  • North Rhine-Westphalia: 21,961 (+1,032 new infections); 348 deaths
  • Rhineland-Palatinate: 4,336 (+188 new infections); 50 deaths
  • Saarland: 1,693; (+56 new infections) 23 deaths
  • Saxony: 3,261 (+117 new infections); 52 deaths
  • Saxony-Anhalt: 1,075 (+55 new infections); 16 deaths
  • Schleswig Holstein: 1,932 (+105 new infections); 34 deaths
  • Thuringia: 1,351 (+66 new infections); 20 deaths

COVID-19: Why are men more vulnerable than women?

Update: April 9th, 2020, 3:58 pm
Men get infections of the new coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 more often and more seriously. A research team from the German Center for Lung Research (DZL) has now discovered a possible reason for this connection at cell level. As the researchers report in the specialist magazine "EMBO Journal", men have a higher ACE-2 receptor density than women and also increase ACE-2 receptor density with age. Coronavirus uses the ACE-2 receptor to dock to the cells, and this is also a possible explanation for why men get COVID-19 more often and more severely than women.

COVID-19_ Over 10,000 deaths in France

Update: April 8th, 2020, 2:30 p.m.
The trend from yesterday continues from April 7th, 2020 to April 8th, 2020: The number of new infections in Germany has decreased significantly compared to the past few weeks. However, the percentage of deaths is increasing, as the Robert Koch Institute (RKI) had already predicted. The situation in the USA remains particularly worrying. Here, 400,000 people are already infected. In France, too, the situation is deteriorating dramatically. The French also report over 10,000 deaths.

Here are the case numbers of the ten most affected countries, according to Johns Hopkins University (as of April 8, 2020; 2:30 p.m.):

  • USA: 399,929 (12,911 deaths)
  • Spain: 146,690 (14,555 deaths)
  • Italy: 135,586 (17,127 deaths)
  • France: 110,070 (10,343 deaths)
  • Germany: 107,663 (2,016 deaths)
  • China: 82,809 (3,337 deaths)
  • Iran: 67,286 (4,003 deaths)
  • England: 55,957 (6,171 deaths)
  • Turkey: 34,109 (725 deaths)
  • Belgium: 22,403 (2,240 deaths)

Death rate in Germany increases

From April 7, 2020 to April 8, 2020, the RKI reports 4,003 new infections and 254 new deaths in connection with SARS-CoV-2 infections. This is the highest reported number of deaths in a day related to the Corona crisis. This increase was also forecast by the RKI, since the virus is now spreading among older people and has already reached some nursing homes. Here is an overview of the number of cases in the individual federal states (as of April 8, 2020; midnight, source: RKI):

  • Baden-Württemberg: 20,680 (+539 new infections); 464 deaths
  • Bavaria: 27,564 (+1,401 new infections); 564 deaths
  • Berlin: 4,028 (+183 new infections); 32 deaths
  • Brandenburg: 1,472 (+88 new infections); 22 deaths
  • Bremen: 424 (+25 new infections); 10 deaths
  • Hamburg: 3,165 (+106 new infections); 23 deaths
  • Hesse: 4,965 (+128 new infections); 84 deaths
  • Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania: 555 (+24 new infections); 11 deaths
  • Lower Saxony: 6,385 (+185 new infections); 121 deaths
  • North Rhine-Westphalia: 20,929 (+836 new infections); 348 deaths
  • Rhineland-Palatinate: 4,148 (+156 new infections); 45 deaths
  • Saarland: 1,637; (+105 new infections) 23 deaths
  • Saxony: 3,144 (+147 new infections); 50 deaths
  • Saxony-Anhalt: 1,020 (+33 new infections); 16 deaths
  • Schleswig Holstein: 1,827 (+97 new infections); 28 deaths
  • Thuringia: 1,285 (+77 new infections); 20 deaths

Blood plasma therapy starts in Germany

The University Hospital in Erlangen recently received regulatory approval to use a novel blood plasma therapy against COVID-19. Antibodies against SARS-CoV-2 are obtained from plasma donations from former COVID-19 patients, which can then be administered as part of an infusion to seriously ill people. Similar projects are now to be developed at several locations in Germany. For more information read the article: Corona: Blood plasma from convalescents for the treatment of COVID-19.

First successes of the measures visible in Germany?

Update: April 7th, 2020, 3:15 p.m.
In Germany, the first successes of the measures to contain the coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 seem to be noticeable. From April 6, 2020 to April 7, 2020, the RKI reported significantly fewer new infections (+3,834) than on the days of the last week. Due to incubation times and delays in the test results, it was foreseeable that it would take at least two weeks for the measures to be reflected in the number of cases. However, the death rate (+173) has not yet dropped. This is also not to be expected in the near future, since severe illnesses take significantly longer than mild COVID-19 diseases.

Here is an overview of the number of cases in the individual federal states (as of April 7, 2020; midnight, source: RKI):

  • Baden-Württemberg: 20,141 (+746 new infections); 433 deaths
  • Bavaria: 26,163 (+1,189 new infections); 481 deaths
  • Berlin: 3,845 (+175 new infections); 28 deaths
  • Brandenburg: 1,384 (+39 new infections); 20 deaths
  • Bremen: 399 (+2 new infections); 9 deaths
  • Hamburg: 3,059 (+66 new infections); 20 deaths
  • Hesse: 4,837 (+163 new infections); 73 deaths
  • Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania: 531 (+3 new infections); 8 deaths
  • Lower Saxony: 6,200 (+240 new infections); 111 deaths
  • North Rhine-Westphalia: 20,220 (+836 new infections); 282 deaths
  • Rhineland-Palatinate: 3,992 (+110 new infections); 34 deaths
  • Saarland: 1,532; (+49 new infections) 16 deaths
  • Saxony: 2,997 (+94 new infections); 38 deaths
  • Saxony-Anhalt: 987 (+31 new infections); 12 deaths
  • Schleswig Holstein: 1,730 (+59 new infections); 24 deaths
  • Thuringia: 1,208 (+32 new infections); 18 deaths

Outlook for the world on April 7, 2020

On April 7, 2020, Johns Hopkins University reported 1,360,039 COVID-19 cases worldwide and a total of 75,973 deaths related to SARS-CoV-2 infection. Almost 300,000 people are already cured. The USA is still particularly affected. For tens of thousands of new infections and over 1,000 deaths per day have been reported here for days. However, death rates are also high in England, France and Belgium compared to the number of people affected. Here are the case numbers of the ten most affected countries, according to Johns Hopkins University (as of April 7, 2020; 3:15 p.m.):

  • USA: 368,449 (10,993 deaths)
  • Spain: 140,510 (13,798 deaths)
  • Italy: 132,547 (16,523 deaths)
  • Germany: 103,717 (1,810 deaths)
  • France: 98,984 (8,926 deaths)
  • China: 82,718 (3,335 deaths)
  • Iran: 62,589 (3,872 deaths)
  • England: 52,301 (5,385 deaths)
  • Turkey: 30,217 (649 deaths)
  • Belgium: 22,194 (2,035 deaths)

Over a million COVID-19 sufferers - one in four cases in the United States

Update: 05.04.2020, 1 p.m.
Johns Hopkins University reports 1,204,782 COVID-19 cases and a total of 65,849 deaths related to SARS-CoV-2 infection. In the United States alone, over 30,000 new infections and over 1,300 new deaths were registered. France also reports over 1,000 deaths again. In Italy and Spain, there has been a slight decrease in new infections and death rates in recent days. The rate of new infections is stable in Germany. However, a slight increase in deaths was observed.

Here are the case numbers of the ten most affected countries, according to Johns Hopkins University (as of April 5, 2020; 1:00 p.m.):

  • USA: 312,242 (8,503 deaths)
  • Spain: 126,168 (12,418 deaths)
  • Italy: 124,623 (15,362 deaths)
  • Germany: 96,092 (1,444 deaths)
  • France: 90,853 (7,574 deaths)
  • China: 82,574 (3,333 deaths)
  • Iran: 55,743 (3,603 deaths)
  • England: 42,479 (4,320 deaths)
  • Turkey: 23,934 (501 deaths)
  • Switzerland: 20,510 (666 deaths)

Case numbers constant in Germany

According to the daily case numbers of the Robert Koch Institute, the new infections from April 4, 2020 to April 5, 2020 are within the last days. A slight increase can be observed in the death toll. The RKI reports a total of 5,936 new infections and 184 deaths. While many new infections were reported again in Baden-Württemberg and Bavaria, the number in North Rhine-Westphalia seems to be falling somewhat. Here is an overview of the number of cases in the individual federal states (as of April 5, 2020; midnight, source: RKI):

  • Baden-Württemberg: 18,614 (+1,600 new infections); 367 deaths
  • Bavaria: 23,846 (+1,938 new infections); 396 deaths
  • Berlin: 3,613 (+142 new infections); 24 deaths
  • Brandenburg: 1,305 (+94 new infections); 17 deaths
  • Bremen: 394 (+40 new infections); 6 deaths
  • Hamburg: 2,945 (+248 new infections); 19 deaths
  • Hesse: 4,575 (+296 new infections); 56 deaths
  • Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania: 523 (+22 new infections); 5 deaths
  • Lower Saxony: 5,712 (+141 new infections); 89 deaths
  • North Rhine-Westphalia: 18,735 (+850 new infections); 245 deaths
  • Rhineland-Palatinate: 3,663 (+159 new infections); 32 deaths
  • Saarland: 1,358; (+93 new infections) 14 deaths
  • Saxony: 2,741 (+150 new infections); 32 deaths
  • Saxony-Anhalt: 919 (+23 new infections); 12 deaths
  • Schleswig Holstein: 1,631 (+72 new infections); 18 deaths
  • Thuringia: 1,140 (+68 new infections); 10 deaths

Climax not yet reached

The doctor and chancellery minister Helge Braun (CDU) does not see the climax of the crisis yet. "The time with the highest infection numbers is still ahead of us," he told the "Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung". The federal government must now prepare the most difficult part of the crisis and continue to increase the number of hospital beds and intensive care beds with ventilation options.

USA and France report over 1,000 new deaths

Update: 04.04.2020, 2 p.m.
In France, the situation worsened dramatically from 04/04/2020 to 04/04/2020. Johns Hopkins University reports over 23,000 new infections and over 1,100 new deaths from France. The situation in the USA looks similarly dramatic. Here again over 30,000 new cases of illness and around 1,100 deaths were reported. The number of new infections appears to be declining in Spain and Italy. However, both countries still report high death rates. In Germany, the rate of new infections and deaths remains largely stable.

Here is an overview of the ten most affected countries, according to Johns Hopkins University (as of April 4, 2020; 2:00 p.m.):

  • USA: 278,458 (7,159 deaths)
  • Italy: 119,827 (14,681 deaths)
  • Spain: 119,199 (11,744 deaths)
  • Germany: 91,159 (1,275 deaths)
  • France: 83,029 (6,520 deaths)
  • China: 82,526 (3,330 deaths)
  • Iran: 53,183 (3,452 deaths)
  • England: 38,697 (3,611 deaths)
  • Turkey: 20,921 (425 deaths)
  • Switzerland: 19,702 (604 deaths)

Situation in Germany on April 04, 2020

The Robert Koch Institute reports 6,082 new infections and 141 new deaths in connection with COVID-19 for Germany from 03.04.2020 to 04.04.2020. This corresponds to the growth rates of the previous day with a slightly decreasing trend. Like the previous days, SARS-CoV-2 is spreading fastest in Bavaria. Around two thirds of all reported COVID-19 cases come from the federal states of Baden-Württemberg, Bavaria and North Rhine-Westphalia. Here is an overview of the number of cases in the individual federal states (as of: 04.04.2020; midnight, source: RKI):

  • Baden-Württemberg: 17.001 (+955 new infections); 316 deaths
  • Bavaria: 21,908 (+1,671 new infections); 349 deaths
  • Berlin: 3,471 (+269 new infections); 22 deaths
  • Brandenburg: 1,211 (+136 new infections); 12 deaths
  • Bremen: 354 (+13 new infections); 6 deaths
  • Hamburg: 2,697 (+101 new infections); 16 deaths
  • Hesse: 4,279 (+286 new infections); 42 deaths
  • Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania: 501 (+33 new infections); 5 deaths
  • Lower Saxony: 5,571 (+490 new infections); 85 deaths
  • North Rhine-Westphalia: 17,885 (+1,279 new infections); 200 deaths
  • Rhineland-Palatinate: 3,504 (+142 new infections); 29 deaths
  • Saarland: 1,265; (+186 new infections) 14 deaths
  • Saxony: 2,591 (+255 new infections); 24 deaths
  • Saxony-Anhalt: 896 (+60 new infections); 11 deaths
  • Schleswig Holstein: 1,559 (+116 new infections); 17 deaths
  • Thuringia: 1,072 (+90 new infections); 10 deaths

New insights into portability

The first major research project with German COVID-19 patients under the direction of virologist Professor Dr. Christian Drosten offers a comprehensive overview of the current findings on the transferability of the coronavirus SARS-CoV-2. For more information, read the article: Coronavirus transmission: German study provides comprehensive insights.

USA and Spain still badly affected - first signs of improvement in Italy

Update: April 3rd, 2020, 3:40 pm
The number of cases from April 2, 2020 to April 3, 2020 shows how quickly the situation can change with the spread of the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus. According to Johns Hopkins University, nearly 30,000 new infections have been reported in the United States. Thus, the total number of confirmed COVID-19 cases reaches almost a quarter of a million. The number of new infections is falling in Italy. Spain is now the second most affected country in the world. All three countries reported high death rates again. Unusually high death rates have now also been reported in France.

Over 6,000 new infections were registered in Germany, which exceeded the number of cases from China. In this country, however, the death rates remain at a significantly low level in international comparison. Here is an overview of the ten most affected countries, according to Johns Hopkins University (as of April 3, 2020; 3:40 pm):

  • USA: 245,601 (6,058 deaths)
  • Spain: 117,710 (10,935 deaths)
  • Italy: 115,242 (13,915 deaths)
  • Germany: 85,063 (1,111 deaths)
  • China: 82,509 (3,326 deaths)
  • France: 59,929 (5,398 deaths)
  • Iran: 53,183 (3,294 deaths)
  • England: 34,192 (2,926 deaths)
  • Switzerland: 19,303 (573 deaths)
  • Turkey: 18,135 (356 deaths)

Situation in Germany on April 03, 2020

The Robert Koch Institute reports 6,174 new infections and 145 new deaths in connection with COVID-19 for Germany from April 2, 2020 to April 3, 2020. Baden-Württemberg, Bavaria and North Rhine-Westphalia are still the most affected. In Bavaria, the number of cases now rose above the 20,000 mark. Around every fourth laboratory-confirmed COVID-19 case currently comes from Bavaria. Here is an overview of the number of cases in the individual federal states (as of: April 3, 2020; midnight, source: RKI):

  • Baden-Württemberg: 16,059 (+1,397 new infections); 285 deaths
  • Bavaria: 20,237 (+1,741 new infections); 307 deaths
  • Berlin: 3,202 (+232 new infections); 20 deaths
  • Brandenburg: 1,075 (+80 new infections); 9 deaths
  • Bremen: 341 (+14 new infections); 6 deaths
  • Hamburg: 2,596 (+190 new infections); 16 deaths
  • Hessen: 3,993 (+286 new infections); 33 deaths
  • Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania: 468 (+30 new infections); 4 deaths
  • Lower Saxony: 5,081 (+386 new infections); 65 deaths
  • North Rhine-Westphalia: 16,606 (+1,179 new infections); 178 deaths
  • Rhineland-Palatinate: 3,362 (+230 new infections); 26 deaths
  • Saarland: 1,079; (+59 new infections) 12 deaths
  • Saxony: 2,336 (+153 new infections); 21 deaths
  • Saxony-Anhalt: 836 (+32 new infections); 11 deaths
  • Schleswig Holstein: 1,443 (+108 new infections); 15 deaths
  • Thuringia: 982 (+57 new infections); 9 deaths

SARS-CoV-2 spreads fastest in Bavaria

Update: April 2, 2020, 2:45 p.m.
The number of COVID 19 cases continues to rise in Germany. The SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus is spreading particularly quickly in Bavaria. From April 1st, 2020 to April 2nd, 2020 in Bavaria all of the federal states registered by far the most new infections. Overall, the Robert Koch Institute reports 6,156 new infections and 140 new deaths from yesterday to today. Here is an overview of the number of cases in the individual federal states (as of: April 2, 2020; midnight, source: RKI):

  • Baden-Württemberg: 14,662 (+1,252 new infections); 241 deaths
  • Bavaria: 18,496 (+1,999 new infections); 268 deaths
  • Berlin: 2,970 (+216 new infections); 19 deaths
  • Brandenburg: 995 (+114 new infections); 7 deaths
  • Bremen: 327 (+16 new infections); 6 deaths
  • Hamburg: 2,406 (+95 new infections); 14 deaths
  • Hesse: 3,707 (+262 new infections); 27 deaths
  • Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania: 438 (+32 new infections); 3 deaths
  • Lower Saxony: 4,695 (+313 new infections); 45 deaths
  • North Rhine-Westphalia: 15,427 (+1,076 new infections); 161 deaths
  • Rhineland-Palatinate: 3,132 (+233 new infections); 26 deaths
  • Saarland: 1,020; (+191 new infections) 11 deaths
  • Saxony: 2,183 (+149 new infections); 18 deaths
  • Saxony-Anhalt: 804 (+54 new infections); 8 deaths
  • Schleswig Holstein: 1,335 (+89 new infections); 11 deaths
  • Thuringia: 925 (+65 new infections); 7 deaths

Dramatic increases in deaths in the US, Spain and Italy

While the curve of new infections and deaths begins to flatten in Italy, the number of cases in Spain and the USA continues to rise rapidly. The countries face high death rates. In the US and Spain, around 1,000 people fell victim to the virus in one day, but Italy also reports around 700 new deaths related to COVID-19. Johns Hopkins University reports almost 78,000 infections and 944 deaths for Germany. Germany is thus approaching the number of cases in China, although the deaths in Germany are far lower. Here are the case numbers of the ten most affected countries, according to Johns Hopkins University (as of April 2, 2020; 2:45 p.m.):

  • USA: 216,722 (5,137 deaths)
  • Italy: 110,574 (13,155 deaths)
  • Spain: 104,118 (10,003 deaths)
  • China: 82,431 (3,322 deaths)
  • Germany: 77,981 (944 deaths)
  • France: 57,763 (4,043 deaths)
  • Iran: 47,495 (3,160 deaths)
  • England: 29,865 (2,357 deaths)
  • Switzerland: 17,781 (505 deaths)
  • Turkey: 15,679 (277 deaths)
  • Belgium: 13,964 (1,011 deaths)

US economy hit hard

The rapid increase in the number of cases in the US has a drastic impact on the economy. So much for the so-called "Waffle House Index" for the first time in over ten years on red alert - a clear warning signal for the entire American economy. Many companies are currently struggling to survive. For more information, read the article: Coronavirus: USA out of Control - How Could It Happen?

RKI believes rising death rates are likely

Update: April 1, 2020, 1 p.m.
As the Robert Koch Institute (RKI) announced in a press conference, we must prepare for an increased death rate in Germany in the coming days. "At the moment the death rate is 0.8 percent, but the reports are delayed," reports RKI President Lothar Wieler. In addition, there are now unfortunately COVID-19 diseases in nursing and nursing homes. An increase in mortality should therefore be expected. This is also shown by the current number of cases. According to RKI, 5,453 new infections and 149 deaths in connection with COVID-19 were reported from March 31, 2020 to April 1, 2020.

Here is an overview of the number of cases in the individual federal states (as of April 1, 2020; midnight, source: RKI):

  • Baden-Württemberg: 13,410 (+1,076 new infections); 197 deaths
  • Bavaria: 16,497 (+1,687 new infections); 225 deaths
  • Berlin: 2,754 (+189 new infections); 16 deaths
  • Brandenburg: 881 (+83 new infections); 4 deaths
  • Bremen: 311 (+17 new infections); 5 deaths
  • Hamburg: 2,311 (+120 new infections); 14 deaths
  • Hesse: 3,445 (+162 new infections); 21 deaths
  • Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania: 406 (+40 new infections); 3 deaths
  • Lower Saxony: 4,382 (+319 new infections); 42 deaths
  • North Rhine-Westphalia: 14,351 (+1,126 new infections); 134 deaths
  • Rhineland-Palatinate: 2,899 (+173 new infections); 23 deaths
  • Saarland: 829; (+47 new infections) 8 deaths
  • Saxony: 2,034 (+152 new infections); 17 deaths
  • Saxony-Anhalt: 750 (+70 new infections); 7 deaths
  • Schleswig Holstein: 1,246 (+126 new infections); 10 deaths
  • Thuringia: 860 (+76 new infections); 6 deaths

USA is struggling with rapidly growing infections

Nowhere in the world is the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus currently spreading as rapidly as in the USA. Johns Hopkins University reports an increase of around 25,000 infections from yesterday to today alone (April 1, 2020). The situation is also coming to a head in Spain. Around 8,000 new infections and over 1,300 deaths were reported here from March 31, 2020 to April 1, 2020. In Italy, the number of new infections appears to be flattening out slightly. Nevertheless, over 800 deaths were registered again. Here are the case numbers of the ten most affected countries according to Johns Hopkins University (as of April 1, 2020; 1:00 p.m.):

  • USA: 189,633 (4,081 deaths)
  • Italy: 105,792 (12,482 deaths)
  • Spain: 95,923 (9,053 deaths)
  • China: 82,308 (3,316 deaths)
  • Germany: 71,808 (788 deaths)
  • France: 52,837 (3,532 deaths)
  • Iran: 44,605 ​​(3,036 deaths)
  • England: 25,504 (1,793 deaths)
  • Switzerland: 16,605 (433 deaths)
  • Turkey: 13,531 (214 deaths)
  • Belgium: 12,775 (828 deaths)

Corona pandemic: USA, Italy and Spain badly affected

Update: March 31, 2020, 12:45 p.m.
In Germany, instead of an exponential growth rate of new COVID-19 diseases, there appears to be a constant increase. The Robert Koch Institute (RKI) reported 4,615 new SARS CoV-2 infections from March 30, 2020 to March 31, 2020. This increase corresponds approximately to the number of previous days, which indicates the first success of the containment measures. In the meantime, the situation in the USA, Italy and Spain is becoming increasingly drastic.

Johns Hopkins University has seen another dramatic increase in US COVID-19 cases. This means that more than twice as many infections are known in the USA as in China. While the United States is struggling above all with a rapid increase in new infections, deaths associated with COVID-19 are increasing rapidly in Italy and Spain. Here are the case numbers of the ten most affected countries according to Johns Hopkins University (as of March 31, 2020; 12:45 p.m.):

  • USA: 164,610 (3,170 deaths)
  • Italy: 101,739 (11,591 deaths)
  • Spain: 87,956 (7,716 deaths)
  • China: 82,240 (3,309 deaths)
  • Germany: 67,051 (650 deaths)
  • France: 45,170 (3,030 deaths)
  • Iran: 41,495 (2,757 deaths)
  • England: 22,465 (1,412 deaths)
  • Switzerland: 15,922 (359 deaths)
  • Belgium: 11,899 (513 deaths)
  • Netherlands: 11,817 (865 deaths)

Germany, March 31, 2020: 4,615 new infections and 128 new deaths

According to the RKI, there were 4,615 new infections and 128 new deaths from March 30, 2020 to March 31, 2020. The rate of new infections appears to remain constant, but the rate of deaths has increased. Here is an overview of the number of cases in the individual federal states (as of March 31, 2020; midnight, source: RKI):

  • Baden-Württemberg: 12,334 (+1,391 new infections); 165 deaths
  • Bavaria: 14,810 (+821 new infections); 162 deaths
  • Berlin: 2,575 (+111 new infections); 13 deaths
  • Brandenburg: 798 (+37 new infections); 2 death
  • Bremen: 294 (+8 new infections); 4 deaths
  • Hamburg: 2,191 (+138 new infections); 9 deaths
  • Hesse: 3,283 (+192 new infections); 17 deaths
  • Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania: 366 (+10 new infections); 1 death
  • Lower Saxony: 4,063 (+331 new infections); 34 deaths
  • North Rhine-Westphalia: 13,225 (+1,047 new infections); 117 deaths
  • Rhineland-Palatinate: 2,726 (+142 new infections); 19 deaths
  • Saarland: 782; (+76 new infections) 7 deaths
  • Saxony: 1,882 (+87 new infections); 12 deaths
  • Saxony-Anhalt: 680 (+88 new infections); 6 deaths
  • Schleswig Holstein: 1,120 (+71 new infections); 9 deaths
  • Thuringia: 784 (+65 new infections); 6 deaths

Test capacities soon exhausted

As the chief virologist of the Berlin Charité Christian Drosten reports in his daily NDR podcast, the possibilities for testing for the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus are approaching the upper limit. "We just have to adjust to it realistically, as the market situation in the diagnostics market is so confusing that we may not be able to put anything more on top of what we have now," explains the coronavirus expert. It is therefore likely that the test will soon only be used more specifically, for example for high-risk groups or with strong symptoms.

COVID-19: What is the risk for pregnant women and the offspring

Update: 30.03.2020, 8:14 p.m.
The Robert Koch Institute (RKI) clarifies in a current addition to the "Answers to Frequently Asked Questions About Coronavirus SARS-CoV-2" about possible risks for pregnant women and their offspring from Covid-19. Accordingly, no increased risk of a serious course of the disease in pregnant women can be read from the data from the WHO and especially from China.

For the offspring, it can be said that based on the few examinations and case reports from China available so far on immune reactions in newborns, transmission in the womb cannot be excluded, the RKI continues. In most cases, however, no signs of illness occurred in the children of COVID-positive mothers after birth. According to the RKI, only isolated cases of illnesses in newborns have been described that may have resulted from an infection in the womb. However, transmission to the newborn child via close contact and droplet infection is also possible.

With regard to breastfeeding, it should be made clear that no evidence of the new coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 is available in breast milk. However, the RKI restricts that there is currently insufficient data to reliably answer these and other questions about COVID-19 during pregnancy.

COVID-19: Current number of cases of the RKI - new infections remain constant for the time being

Update: 30.03.2020, 5:14 p.m.
The reported number of cases of infections with the new SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus remains below the limit of 5,000 new infections despite the late reporting of data from the weekend in some federal states. A total of 4,751 new Covid-19 cases were registered with the Robert Koch Institute (RKI) and the total number of infections rose to 57,298 cases. The data of the RKI for the individual federal states follows:

  • Baden-Wuerttemberg: 10,943; 119 deaths
  • Bavaria: 13,989; 127 deaths
  • Berlin: 2,464; 9 deaths
  • Brandenburg: 761; 2 deaths
  • Bremen: 286; 2 deaths
  • Hamburg: 2,053; 5 deaths
  • Hesse: 3,091; 13 deaths
  • Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania: 356; 1 death
  • Lower Saxony: 3,732; 26 deaths
  • North Rhine-Westphalia: 12,178; 101 deaths
  • Rhineland-Palatinate: 2,584; 18 deaths
  • Saarland: 706; 7 deaths
  • Saxony: 1,795; 9 deaths
  • Saxony-Anhalt: 592; 2 deaths
  • Schleswig Holstein: 1,049; 7 deaths
  • Thuringia: 719; 5 deaths

Over 10,000 corona deaths in Italy

Update: 29.03.2020, 1 p.m.
While the number of new infections is starting to level off in Germany, the situation in Italy and the United States seems to be increasing dramatically. While almost 1,000 new Corona deaths were reported in Italy yesterday, around 900 victims were added from March 28, 2020 to March 29, 2020. The SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus is also spreading rapidly in the USA. Around 20,000 new infections were reported here from yesterday to today.

In Spain, the number of deaths is also increasing rapidly. Over 800 deaths were reported here in one day. Here are the case numbers of the ten most affected countries, according to Johns Hopkins University (as of March 29, 2020; 1:00 p.m.):

  • USA: 124,686 (2,191 deaths)
  • Italy: 92,472 (10,023 deaths)
  • China: 82,061 (3,304 deaths)
  • Spain: 73,235 (5,981 deaths)
  • Germany: 58,247 (455 deaths)
  • France: 38,105 (2,317 deaths)
  • Iran: 35,408 (2,517 deaths)
  • England: 17,315 (1,021 deaths)
  • Switzerland: 14,076 (264 deaths)
  • Belgium: 10,836 (431 deaths)
  • Netherlands: 9,819 (640 deaths)

Germany, March 29, 2020: 3,965 new infections and 64 further deaths

A relatively positive trend is emerging for Germany. The percentage rate of new infections is clearly below the numbers of the last days. The Robert Koch Institute reports from March 28, 2020 to March 29, 2020 3,965 new Covid 19 infections and 64 new deaths of COVID 19 sufferers. This means that the number of new infections is significantly below the level of the past few days.

As a limitation, however, it must be mentioned that no current data were supplied from Baden-Württemberg, Hesse and Saarland. Thus, a stronger increase can be expected tomorrow if this data is supplied later. Here is an overview of the number of cases in the individual federal states (as of March 29, 2020; 12 a.m., source: RKI):

  • Baden-Wuerttemberg: 9,794; 101 deaths
  • Bavaria: 12,881 (+1,731 new infections); 107 deaths
  • Berlin: 2,360 (+199 new infections); 9 deaths
  • Brandenburg: 721 (+76 new infections); 1 death
  • Bremen: 275 (+15 new infections); 2 deaths
  • Hamburg: 1,846 (+81 new infections); 4 deaths
  • Hesse: 2,605; 9 deaths
  • Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania: 348 (+40 new infections); 1 death
  • Lower Saxony: 3,450 (+300 new infections); 21 deaths
  • North Rhine-Westphalia: 11,400 (+793 new infections); 98 deaths
  • Rhineland-Palatinate: 2,396 (+184 new infections); 12 deaths
  • Saarland: 560; 2 deaths
  • Saxony: 1,617 (+185 new infections); 9 deaths
  • Saxony-Anhalt: 592 (+134 new infections); 2 deaths
  • Schleswig Holstein: 1,005 (+90 new infections); 6 deaths
  • Thuringia: 697 (+113 new infections); 5 deaths

RKI or Johns Hopkins - what's the difference in the data?

In addition to data from the Robert Koch Institute, the Federal Government also uses data from Johns Hopkins University to interpret the global situation. A direct comparison reveals that the RKI case numbers do not completely match those of Johns Hopkins University. This is because the RKI only collects data from health authorities in Germany, while Johns Hopkins University obtains data from multiple sources. The bottom line is that the RKI figures for Germany have been examined more closely, but not quite as up to date as those of Johns Hopkins University.

The United States and Italy are now the most affected worldwide

Update: 28.03.2020, 12 p.m.
The United States reported nearly 20,000 new infections with the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus in one day. Italy has now overtaken China from the reported number of cases, which for a long time was by far the most affected. In addition, almost 1,000 people died in Italy in just one day. But more than 6,000 new infections were also reported in Germany. Here are the case numbers of the ten most affected countries, according to Johns Hopkins University (as of March 28, 2020; 12:00 p.m.):

  • USA: 104,837 (1,711 deaths)
  • Italy: 86,498 (9,134 deaths)
  • China: 81,894 (3,299 deaths)
  • Spain: 65,719 (5,138 deaths)
  • Germany: 53,340 (395 deaths)
  • France: 33,414 (1,997 deaths)
  • Iran: 32,332 (2,378 deaths)
  • England: 14,751 (761 deaths)
  • Switzerland: 13,138 (237 deaths)
  • South Korea: 9,478 (144 deaths)
  • Netherlands: 8,647 (547 deaths)

March 28, 2020: 6294 new infections and 72 further deaths in Germany

Even if the speed of the spread seems to have slowed down, the number of new infections is also increasing in Germany within a worrying range. The Robert Koch Institute (RKI) reports 6,294 laboratory-confirmed COVID-19 new infections and 72 other deaths from March 27, 2020 to March 28, 2020. In Bavaria and North Rhine-Westphalia, the number of cases has already exceeded the 10,000 mark. Here is an overview of the number of cases in the individual federal states (as of March 28, 2020; midnight, source: RKI):

  • Baden-Württemberg: 9,781 (+1620 new infections); 101 deaths
  • Bavaria: 11,150 (+1,669 new infections); 77 deaths
  • Berlin: 2,161 (+206 new infections); 8 deaths
  • Brandenburg: 645 (+108 new infections); 1 death
  • Bremen: 260 (+19 new infections); 2 deaths
  • Hamburg: 1,765 (+72 new infections); 2 deaths
  • Hesse: 2,604 (+281 new infections); 9 deaths
  • Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania: 308 (+49 new infections)
  • Lower Saxony: 3,150 (+340 new infections); 12 deaths
  • North Rhine-Westphalia: 10,607 (+1,372 new infections); 80 deaths
  • Rhineland-Palatinate: 2,212 (+241 new infections); 11 deaths
  • Saarland: 550 (+45 new infections); 2 deaths
  • Saxony: 1,432 (+127 new infections); 9 deaths
  • Saxony-Anhalt: 458 (+0 new infections); 2 deaths (no new data were submitted)
  • Schleswig Holstein: 915 (+103 new infections); 4 deaths
  • Thuringia: 554 (+42 new infections); 5 deaths

China is no longer the most affected country

Update: March 27th, 2020, 12:30 p.m.
What emerged yesterday is already real today. China, the country of origin of the new SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus, is no longer the most affected country in the world. The number of cases of COVID-19 infections in the USA from March 26, 2020 to March 27, 2020 exceeded that of China. Italy is currently almost on par with China in terms of case numbers. Here are the case numbers of the ten most affected countries, according to Johns Hopkins University (as of March 27, 2020; 12:30 p.m.):

  • USA: 85,991 (1,300 deaths)
  • China: 81,894 (3,296 deaths)
  • Italy: 80,589 (8,215 deaths)
  • Spain: 57,786 (4,365 deaths)
  • Germany: 47,278 (281 deaths)
  • Iran: 32,332 (2,378 deaths)
  • France: 29,581 (1,698 deaths)
  • England: 11,813 (580 deaths)
  • Switzerland: 11,811 (197 deaths)
  • South Korea: 9,332 (139 deaths)
  • Netherlands: 7,469 (435 deaths)

Situation in Germany on March 27, 2020

The Robert Koch Institute (RKI) is one of the most reliable sources in Germany for the number of laboratory-confirmed COVID-19 infections. From March 26, 2020 to March 27, 2020, the RKI reported an increase of 5,780 new infections. In addition, 55 other people died from COVID-19. Here is an overview of the number of cases in the individual federal states (as of: 03/27/2020; 0:00, source: RKI):

  • Baden-Württemberg: 8,161 (+878 new infections); 70 deaths
  • Bavaria: 9,481 (+1,488 new infections); 55 deaths
  • Berlin: 1,955 (+299 new infections); 8 deaths
  • Brandenburg: 537 (+60 new infections); 1 death
  • Bremen: 241 (+30 new infections); 1 death
  • Hamburg: 1,693 (+428 new infections); 2 deaths
  • Hesse: 2,323 (+166 new infections); 7 deaths
  • Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania: 259 (+15 new infections)
  • Lower Saxony: 2,810 (+463 new infections); 10 deaths
  • North Rhine-Westphalia: 9,235 (+1,311 new infections); 72 deaths
  • Rhineland-Palatinate: 1,971 (+155 new infections); 8 deaths
  • Saarland: 505 (+72 new infections); 2 deaths
  • Saxony: 1,305 (+164 new infections); 7 deaths
  • Saxony-Anhalt: 458 (+40 new infections); 2 deaths
  • Schleswig Holstein: 812 (+137 new infections); 4 deaths
  • Thuringia: 542 (+74 new infections); 4 deaths

First successes in containment?

Researchers at Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz evaluated the latest data on the growth rates of new COVID 19 infections in Germany and found that since March 20, 2020, average growth has dropped from 27 percent to 14 percent per day. This appears to be the first success of the containment measures. More information can be found in the article: Covid 19 growth rate has halved in Germany.

Will China soon be the worst affected country?

Update: 26.03.2020, 1 p.m.
Johns Hopkins University documents the global spread of the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus on a live map. Accordingly, the number of worldwide COVID-19 cases is close to the half-million mark. A total of 480,446 cases were registered. 21,571 people have already died from COVID-19. 115,850 people are already cured. According to the data, the virus is spreading so rapidly in Italy and the United States that the number of cases will soon exceed the number of cases reported in China.

China, on the other hand, seems to have the situation under control. For a few days now there has only been a slight increase. South Korea, once one of the three most affected countries, also seems to have got the situation under control. The country is no longer among the ten most affected countries. Here are the case numbers of the ten most affected countries according to Johns Hopkins University (as of March 26, 2020; 1 p.m.):

  • China: 81,782 (3,291 deaths)
  • Italy: 74,386 (7,503 deaths)
  • USA: 69,197 (1,048 deaths)
  • Spain: 49,515 (4,089 deaths)
  • Germany: 39,355 (222 deaths)
  • Iran: 29,406 (2,234 deaths)
  • France: 25,604 (1,333 deaths)
  • Switzerland: 11,027 (165 deaths)
  • South Korea: 8,897 (139 deaths)
  • England: 9,642 (467 deaths)

Situation in Germany on 26.03.2020

The Robert Koch Institute (RKI) is the most reliable source for the number of laboratory-confirmed COVID-19 infections in Germany. From March 25th, 2020 to March 26th, 2020 the RKI reported a further increase of almost 5,000 new infections. In addition, 49 other people died from COVID-19. This roughly corresponds to the rate of the previous days and indicates that at least exponential growth seems to have been interrupted. Here is an overview of the number of cases in the individual federal states:

  • Baden-Württemberg: 7,283 (+1,214 new infections); 56 deaths
  • Bavaria: 7,993 (+1,435 new infections); 47 deaths
  • Berlin: 1,656 (+228 new infections); 4 deaths
  • Brandenburg: 477 (+48 new infections); 1 death
  • Bremen: 211 (+11 new infections); 1 death
  • Hamburg: 1,265 (for technical reasons, according to the RKI, no current data is available)
  • Hesse: 2,157 (+403 new infections); 6 deaths
  • Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania: 244 (+26 new infections)
  • Lower Saxony: 2,347 (+207 new infections); 8 deaths
  • North Rhine-Westphalia: 7,924 (+727 new infections); 53 deaths
  • Rhineland-Palatinate: 1,816 (+255 new infections); 5 deaths
  • Saarland: 433 (+30 new infections); 2 deaths
  • Saxony: 1,141 (+182 new infections); 7 deaths
  • Saxony-Anhalt: 418 (+43 new infections); 1 death
  • Schleswig Holstein: 675 (+98 new infections); 3 deaths
  • Thuringia: 468 (+74 new infections); 3 deaths

Coronavirus: New infections do not skyrocket for the time being

Update: March 25th, 2020, 4:28 pm
According to the latest figures from the Robert Koch Institute (RKI), it has been proven that 31,554 people have been infected with the new corona virus, an increase of 4,118 cases compared to the previous day. The increase in new infections has therefore not skyrocketed, but remains somewhat at the level of the previous day. A total of 149 deaths have been reported in connection with Covid-19. Here is an overview of the number of cases in the individual federal states:

  • Baden-Württemberg: 6,069 (37 deaths)
  • Bavaria: 6,558 (37 deaths)
  • Berlin: 1,428 (2 deaths)
  • Brandenburg: 429 (1 death)
  • Bremen: 200
  • Hamburg: 1,262
  • Hessen: 1,754 (4 deaths)
  • Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania: 218
  • Lower Saxony: 2,140 (7 deaths)
  • North Rhine-Westphalia: 7,197 (43 deaths)
  • Rhineland-Palatinate: 1,591 (5 deaths)
  • Saarland: 403 (2 deaths)
  • Saxony: 959 (6 deaths)
  • Saxony-Anhalt: 375 (1 death)
  • Schleswig Holstein: 577 (3 deaths)
  • Thuringia: 394 (1 death)

Corona crisis: Spirits manufacturers donate alcohol to disinfectants

Update: 25.03.2020, 10:54 a.m.
In order to overcome the disinfectant bottleneck, several large companies such as Klosterfrau, Jägermeister, Pernod Ricard and other alcohol suppliers donated large quantities of alcohol for the production of disinfectants and in some cases also took over the production themselves. For example, the spirits manufacturer Mast-Jägermeister SE from Wolfenbüttel provides the Braunschweig Clinic with 50,000 liters of alcohol for the production of disinfectants, and the Klosterfrau Healthcare Group quickly changed its production facilities to disinfectants and donated 500,000 bottles to the state of North Rhine-Westphalia. Thanks to the support, the disinfectant bottleneck could soon be overcome.

Covid-19: More extensive tests for coronavirus infections required?

Update: March 24th, 2020, 5:58 pm
Many people who are infected with the new corona virus do not show any symptoms, but can still infect others. They are an important factor in the spread of Covid-19 and more extensive tests should therefore be carried out to identify and isolate the asymptomatic infected, according to the Italian expert Professor Sergio Romagnani from the University of Florence.

In a small Italian village, tests on the entire population have succeeded in drastically reducing the number of new infections, emphasizes Prof. Romagnani. According to Professor Romagnani, medical personnel in particular must be tested regularly, even if there are no obvious symptoms. Overall, more extensive corona testing could help contain infections.

RKI reports 114 Covid-19 deaths in Germany

Update: 24.03.2020, 2 p.m.
According to the Robert Koch Institute (RKI), 4,764 new infections compared to the previous day were reported on March 24, 2020 at 0:00 a.m. The number of laboratory-confirmed cases rose to 27,436. The number of Covid 19 deaths rose to 114 people. Here are the case numbers of the individual federal states according to the RKI:

  • Baden-Württemberg: 5,348 (30 deaths)
  • Bavaria: 5,754 (30 deaths)
  • Berlin: 1,220 (1 death)
  • Brandenburg: 343
  • Bremen: 183
  • Hamburg: 1,043
  • Hesse: 1,620 (4 deaths)
  • Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania: 199
  • Lower Saxony: 1,764 (6 deaths)
  • North Rhine-Westphalia: 6,318 (33 deaths)
  • Rhineland-Palatinate: 1,370 (5 deaths)
  • Saarland: 337 (1 death)
  • Saxony: 811 (1 death)
  • Saxony-Anhalt: 321 (1 death)
  • Schleswig Holstein: 487 (2 deaths)
  • Thuringia: 327 (1 death)

Outlook for worldwide distribution on March 24, 2020

Johns Hopkins University documents the worldwide spread of the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus on a live map. There, the number of worldwide COVID-19 cases is close to the 400,000 mark. A total of 392,780 people fell ill and 17,159 people died of Covid-19 (as of March 24, 2020; 2:00 p.m.). For Germany, 30,150 sufferers and 130 deaths are already shown on the map. According to Johns Hopkins University, 453 people in Germany are cured. Here is an overview of the ten most affected countries, according to Johns Hopkins University:

  • China: 81,588 (3,281 deaths)
  • Italy: 63,927 (6,077 deaths)
  • USA: 46,450 (593 deaths)
  • Spain: 39,673 (2,696 deaths)
  • Germany: 30,150 (130 deaths)
  • Iran: 24,811 (1,934 deaths)
  • France: 20,149 (562 deaths)
  • South Korea: 8,897 (862 deaths)
  • Switzerland: 9,117 (122 deaths)
  • South Korea: 9,037 (120 deaths)

Italy has been the most affected by the Cornavirus pandemic of all countries in Europe. A recently published medical report from Bergamo clarifies the local conditions. Read: Shocking medical report from Bergamo - Italy's Covid-19 epicenter.

Federal government continues to restrict social contacts

Update: March 23, 2020, 9:00 a.m.
In a meeting between Chancellor Merkel and the heads of government of the federal states on the coronavirus, the participants made the following decision to prevent an uncontrolled increase in the number of cases and to keep our health care system efficient. Here are the agreed regulations:

  1. Citizens are encouraged to reduce contact with other people outside of their own household to an absolutely necessary minimum.
  2. Wherever possible, a minimum distance of at least 1.5 m must be kept from the public, other than those mentioned under I.
  3. Spending time in the public space is only permitted on its own, with another person who does not live in the household or with members of your own household.
  4. The way to work, emergency care, shopping, visits to the doctor, participation in meetings, necessary appointments and exams, help for other or individual sports and exercise in the fresh air as well as other necessary activities are of course still possible.
  5. Groups of people celebrating in public places, in apartments and private facilities are unacceptable given the serious situation in our country. Violations of the contact restrictions should be monitored by the regulatory authorities and the police and sanctioned in the event of violations.
  6. Restaurants are closed. This does not apply to the delivery and collection of take-away meals for consumption at home.
  7. Service companies in the field of personal care such as hairdressers, cosmetic studios, massage practices, tattoo studios and similar companies are closed because physical proximity is essential in this area. Medically necessary treatments remain possible.
  8. In all companies and especially those with public traffic, it is important to comply with the hygiene regulations and to implement effective protective measures for employees and visitors.
  9. These measures should be valid for at least two weeks.

The Chancellor has to go into domestic quarantine

Update: 22.03.2020, 9.30 p.m.
Shortly after today's press appearance, Chancellor Angela Merkel was informed that a doctor who had given her prophylactic pneumococcal vaccination on Friday afternoon has now tested positive for the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus. The Chancellor then decided to quarantine her home immediately. It will be tested regularly over the next few days because a test would not yet be fully meaningful. The Chancellor will also conduct her official business out of domestic quarantine. The Federal Government recently announced this in a press release.

55 Covid-19 deaths reported in Germany

Update: 22.03.2020, 10:30 a.m.
The Robert Koch Institute publishes the latest case numbers of laboratory-confirmed infections with the coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 in Germany. Accordingly, 18,610 Covid-19 infections were reported on Sunday, March 22nd, 2020 (00:00 a.m.). 55 people died from the disease, 239 people are considered cured. Here are the case numbers of the individual federal states according to the RKI:

  • Baden-Württemberg: 3,807 (21 deaths)
  • Bavaria: 3,650 (21 deaths)
  • Berlin: 1,024 (1 death)
  • Brandenburg: 274
  • Bremen: 165
  • Hamburg: 872
  • Hesse: 1,175 (2 deaths)
  • Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania: 172
  • Lower Saxony: 1,306 (1 death)
  • North Rhine-Westphalia: 3,545 (6 deaths)
  • Rhineland-Palatinate: 1,053 (2 deaths)
  • Saarland: 187
  • Saxony: 606
  • Saxony-Anhalt: 211
  • Schleswig Holstein: 347 (1 death)
  • Thuringia: 216

Outlook for worldwide distribution on March 22, 2020

Johns Hopkins University documents the worldwide spread of the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus on a live map. There, the number of COVID-19 cases worldwide exceeded the 300,000 mark. A total of 307,297 people fell ill and 13,049 people died of Covid-19 (as of March 22, 2020; 10:30 a.m.). For Germany, 22,364 sufferers and 84 deaths are already shown on the map. The virus now seems to be spreading particularly strongly in the USA. Here is an overview of the ten most affected countries, according to Johns Hopkins University:

  • China: 81,349 (3,265 deaths)
  • Italy: 53,578 (4,825 deaths)
  • USA: 26,747 (340 deaths)
  • Spain: 25,496 (1,381 deaths)
  • Germany: 22,364 (84 deaths)
  • Iran: 20,610 (1,556 deaths)
  • France: 14,485 (562 deaths)
  • South Korea: 8,897 (102 deaths)
  • Switzerland: 6,652 (80 deaths)
  • England: 5,067 (234 deaths)

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RKI reports almost 3,000 new infections in one day

Update: 20.03.2020, 3 p.m.
The latest case numbers of laboratory-confirmed infections with the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus, which the Robert Koch Institute published, again show a rapid increase in Covid-19 diseases. The RKI reports a total of 13,957 infections - 2,958 more than the previous day. According to the RKI, 31 people died from the consequences of the disease. Here are the case numbers of the individual federal states according to the RKI:

  • Baden-Württemberg: 2,746 (+591)
  • Bavaria: 2,401 (+709)
  • Berlin: 731 (+158)
  • Brandenburg: 192 (+58)
  • Bremen: 121 (+41)
  • Hamburg: 586 (+154)
  • Hesse: 813 (+131)
  • Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania: 131 (+31)
  • Lower Saxony: 803 (+134)
  • North Rhine-Westphalia: 3,497 (+464) - risk area: Heinsberg district)
  • Rhineland-Palatinate: 801 (+164)
  • Saarland: 146 (+47)
  • Saxony: 394 (+119)
  • Saxony-Anhalt: 180 (+40)
  • Schleswig Holstein: 266 (+64)
  • Thuringia: 149 (+51)

Outlook on the global situation on March 20, 2020

Johns Hopkins University documents the worldwide spread of the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus on a live map. There, the worldwide number of cases is approaching the quarter of a million mark. A total of 246,275 people were ill and 10,038 people died of Covid-19 (as of March 20, 2020; 3:00 p.m.). For Germany, the map shows 16,290 sufferers and 44 deaths. 115 people in Germany are already cured. Here is an overview of the ten most affected countries, according to Johns Hopkins University:

  • China: 81,250
  • Italy: 41,035
  • Iran: 18,407
  • Spain: 18,077
  • Germany: 16,290
  • USA: 14,250
  • France: 10,891
  • South Korea: 8,652
  • Switzerland: 4,164
  • England: 3,297

Another rapid increase in the number of cases - more than 2,800 new infections

Update: March 19th, 2020, 5:05 pm
The number of cases reported to the Robert Koch Institute (RKI) is currently growing exponentially. While there were more than 1,000 new infections from the day before yesterday to yesterday, the number rose from yesterday to today by 2,801 lobor-confirmed Covid-19 infections to a total of 10,999 cases. The extent to which the current measures can be flattened will, however, become apparent in around two weeks at the earliest, given the 14-day incubation period. Until then, drastic growth in the number of new infections reported can still be expected.

Here are the COVID-19 cases in the individual federal states reported to the RKI:

  • Baden-Württemberg: 2,155 - 6 deaths
  • Bavaria: 1,692 - 8 deaths
  • Berlin: 573
  • Brandenburg: 134
  • Bremen: 80
  • Hamburg: 432
  • Hesse: 682
  • Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania: 98
  • Lower Saxony: 669
  • North Rhine-Westphalia: 3,033 - 6 deaths (risk area: Landkreis Heinsberg)
  • Rhineland-Palatinate: 637
  • Saarland: 99
  • Saxony: 275
  • Saxony-Anhalt: 140
  • Schleswig Holstein: 202
  • Thuringia: 98

The federal government is asking the people for support

Update: March 19, 2020, 9:45 a.m.
On Wednesday, March 18, 2020, Chancellor Angela Merkel addressed the German people with a moving speech that should clarify the severity of the current situation. "It's serious. Since German reunification, no, since the Second World War there has been no longer a challenge for our country where our joint solidarity is so important, ”emphasizes the Chancellor. "This is a historical task - and it can only be accomplished together!"

In order to find new solutions, the Federal Government is organizing a so-called hackathon together with several social organizations from March 20 to 22, 2020. Citizens are also invited to participate. Until Friday morning (March 20th, 2020) anyone can submit problems related to the corona virus. A joint online forum tries to find solutions to the problems. You can find more information in the article: Corona crisis: Federal government asks people for help with the solution.

Deutsche Bahn supports foreign travelers on their return. From now on, airline boarding passes will also serve as train tickets for the journey to the respective home airport. "We want vacationers to come home quickly and safely," explains Federal Transport Minister Scheuer. The federal government has provided around 50 million euros to bring travelers from Germany back from abroad.

RKI: Sudden increase - over 1,000 more sick people in one day

Update: March 18, 2020, 3:30 p.m.
The President of the Robert Koch Institute (RKI) Lothar Wieler reports that the RKI registered over 1,000 new infections with the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus compared to the previous day. It again emphasizes the importance of containing social contacts. If this does not succeed, a scenario with ten million coronavirus infections can be expected in a few months. "We have an exponential course of the epidemic," explains the RKI President to the German Press Agency (dpa).

The RKI has now confirmed 8,198 cases. Johns Hopkins University's live map already reports 10,082 infections and 27 deaths (as of March 18, 2020; 3:30 pm). Germany is currently one of the five most affected countries worldwide. Here are the case numbers of the individual federal states according to the RKI (as of March 18, 2020; 0:00 a.m.):

  • Baden-Württemberg: 1,609
  • Bavaria: 1,243
  • Berlin: 391
  • Brandenburg: 92
  • Bremen: 69
  • Hamburg: 358
  • Hesse: 432
  • Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania: 56
  • Lower Saxony: 478
  • North Rhine-Westphalia: 2,372 (risk area: Landkreis Heinsberg)
  • Rhineland-Palatinate: 474
  • Saarland: 88
  • Saxony: 198
  • Saxony-Anhalt: 105
  • Schleswig Holstein: 159
  • Thuringia: 74

Corona crisis: After WHO warning - run on paracetamol

Update: March 18th, 2020, 11:00 a.m.
Just yesterday, a special ZDF broadcast claimed that the warning about taking the drug ibuprofen and ASA was a fake if the course of the disease was infected with the coronavirus. The recognized virologist Prof. Christian Drosten also said in the NDR Info podcast that he considered it unlikely that the pain medication would worsen the course. In addition to the French Minister of Health, the WHO has now officially warned against taking it. Indeed, there are indications that ingestion in the course of a corona infection is contraindicated. In addition, other experts are now warning.

France restricts the sale of paracetamol

France is going one step further and is restricting the sale of paracetamol. As of Wednesday, pharmacies can now only sell one pack per customer without symptoms such as fever and body aches and two packs to people with symptoms. Many French people started to hoard paracetamol in large quantities. This was announced by the French health authority ANSM on Tuesday. The sale is now also prohibited on the Internet until further notice. The authority also warned that the medication was unnecessarily hoarded or overdosed. However, French Minister of Health Olivier Véran emphasized that there is currently no lack of paracetamol.

As of today, RKI classifies the health risk for people in Germany as “high”

Update: March 17th, 2020, 10:23 am
The Robert Koch Institute (RKI) just announced in a press conference that the health risk for the population in Germany is classified from “moderate” to “high”. Professor Alexander Kekulé, director of the Institute of Medical Microbiology at the Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg justified this step and emphasized that all measures that are taken now and in the future are important to prevent the rapid spread of the coronvirus. If no measures are taken, millions of people could be infected in a short time.

Current case numbers from March 17th, 2020

The Robert Koch Institute (RKI) reports 6,012 laboratory-confirmed Covid-19 infections and 13 deaths in Germany (as of March 16, 2020, 3 p.m.). Johns Hokpins University's live map already shows 7,588 coronavirus cases and 17 deaths in Germany. 67 people are already cured in Germany (as of March 17th, 2020, 12 noon). Here are the case numbers of the individual federal states according to the RKI:

  • Baden-Württemberg: 1,105 - 3 deaths
  • Bavaria: 1,067 - 5 deaths
  • Berlin: 300
  • Brandenburg: 94
  • Bremen: 56
  • Hamburg: 260
  • Hesse: 342
  • Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania: 51
  • Lower Saxony: 391
  • North Rhine-Westphalia: 1,541 - 5 deaths (risk area: Heinsberg district)
  • Rhineland-Palatinate: 325
  • Saarland: 85
  • Saxony: 140
  • Saxony-Anhalt: 77
  • Schleswig Holstein: 123
  • Thuringia: 55

Worldwide situation on March 17th, 2020

According to a constantly updated live map of the spread of the coronavirus, which is operated by the renowned Johns Hopkins University, there are currently 183,304 confirmed coronavirus infections in 155 different countries. The number of deaths rose to 7,166 - over 3,100 in Hubei, China alone and over 2,100 in Italy. But there is also good news: around 80,000 people are already cured. Here is an overview of the ten most affected countries:

  • China: 81.058
  • Italy: 27,980
  • Iran: 14,991
  • Spain: 9,942
  • South Korea: 8,320
  • Germany: 7,588
  • France: 6,655
  • USA: 4,661
  • Switzerland: 2,330
  • England: 1,553

Extensive measures to reduce social life decided

Update: 16.03.2020, 10:23 a.m.
Today, the federal government has decided to take further measures to combat the spread of the corona virus. The measures will have far-reaching consequences for public life. For example, the government is proposing that the states close numerous businesses by decree. The German press agency (dpa) reported on Monday, referring to internal government circles after a meeting of the cabinet committee on the corona crisis. The federal states must implement the measures and follow the recommendations.

What measures have been decided?

  • Discos, bars, event venues, concert halls, leisure and animal parks, trade fairs, arcades, fitness studios and brothels are to be closed as soon as possible
  • Restaurants and catering establishments may only remain open between 6 a.m. and 6 p.m.
  • On the other hand, retail businesses for food, animal feed shops, weekly markets, delivery services, pharmacies, medical supply stores, drug stores, petrol stations and banks are to remain open.
  • The Sunday sales law is to be repealed for supermarkets so that people have a longer time frame to go shopping. This is to avoid full shops.
  • Meetings in clubs, leisure facilities, educational institutions, churches and religious institutions should be prohibited
  • Clinics and old people's and nursing homes are to severely restrict the rules for visits

First of all, these are recommendations of the federal government to the federal states. The Free State of Bavaria has already announced that the rules will be fully implemented. It can be assumed that the other federal states will also follow. The measures serve to reduce the infection rate with the corona virus.

Update: 16.03.2020, 09:40 a.m.

Federal government restricts cross-border traffic

The Federal Government announced on Sunday evening, March 15, 2020, that cross-border traffic to France, Austria, Luxembourg, Switzerland and Denmark was temporarily restricted due to the Corona crisis. There are exceptions for commuters and goods traffic.

According to the Federal Minister of the Interior, Horst Seehofer, checks will begin at 8 a.m. on the internal borders with Austria, Switzerland, France, Luxembourg and Denmark. This is an important measure of infection protection in order to interrupt the infection chain.

Who can still go in and out?

All persons with German citizenship and people with residence permits may continue to enter. However, if you have no valid reason, you can no longer cross the border. The same applies to people who show symptoms of Covid 19."In these cases, the federal police will consult the responsible health authorities," Minister Seehofer explains.

The current case numbers from March 16, 2020

The Robert Koch Institute (RKI) confirms 4,838 lobordiagnostic Covid-19 infections and 12 deaths in Germany (as of March 15, 2020, 3 p.m.). Johns Hokpins University's live map already shows 5,813 cases of infection and 13 deaths in Germany. 46 people are already cured (as of March 16, 2020, 1 p.m.). Here are the case numbers of the individual federal states according to the RKI:

  • Baden-Württemberg: 827 - 3 deaths
  • Bavaria: 886 - 4 deaths
  • Berlin: 265
  • Brandenburg: 84
  • Bremen: 53
  • Hamburg: 162
  • Hesse: 286
  • Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania: 50
  • Lower Saxony: 287
  • North Rhine-Westphalia: 1,407 - 5 deaths (risk area: Landkreis Heinsberg)
  • Rhineland-Palatinate: 168
  • Saarland: 32
  • Saxony: 130
  • Saxony-Anhalt: 47
  • Schleswig Holstein: 103
  • Thuringia: 51

Confusion about possible interactions between ACE inhibitors and Covid-19

Update: 03/15/2020, 04:47 p.m.
ACE inhibitors and ibuprofen may be a risk factor for particularly severe corona infections. The MedUni Vienna has rejected a WhatsApp message saying that researchers at the MedUni had associated ibuprofen with severe courses of corona disease as a fakenews. But now the French Minister of Health is also warning of ibuprofen at Covid-19. The minister refers to a study that was published in the renowned trade magazine "The Lancet".

When taking ACE inhibitors and drugs that increase ACE2 (e.g. ibuprofen), patients with heart disease, high blood pressure or diabetes in particular should consult a doctor, and the patients concerned should be monitored closely and the medication may be changed, the researchers emphasize. So far, the connection has not been clearly proven, but as a precaution the French Minister of Health also warns of the risk.

Update: 15.03.2020, 3.30 p.m.
According to the Robert Koch Institute (RKI), the older people are particularly at risk of developing coronavirus infections due to the poorly responding immune system. In a current report, the German Society for Geriatrics (DGG) explains how older people can protect themselves against the coronavirus.

Update: 03/15/2020, 08:20 a.m.

Drastic words - Young people are also threatened by the Corona virus

While all clubs and bars in Berlin were closed by decree due to the corona crisis, so-called “corona parties” are celebrated elsewhere by young people. For example, one motto was “Life at the Limit”.

The Dortmund Clinic therefore addresses the young people in drastic terms who believe that the virus will pass them by without a trace. “To the last egoists out there: are you young? Sporty? Healthy? The good news: great! The bad news: Corona could still be vitally threatening for you. Like that, you will say now, I am not a risk group, I eat healthy, I have a strong immune system. So I go to the disco. Point."

You could say that, but the clinic replies: “Can you say with certainty that you can do without a functioning hospital in the coming months? Say for sure that you won't have a car accident through no fault of your own? Say for sure that you are not diagnosed with cancer? Say for sure that there won't suddenly be an appendix breakthrough? - no? You see, that's why you, even though you are still in top shape and in the prime of your life, may need a hospital tomorrow, the day after tomorrow or in x days that can meet its needs. It is therefore important that the corona patients do not take over and tie up all medical and nursing resources. "

Current situation in Germany and the world (15.03.2020)

According to the Robert Koch Institute (RKI), 3,795 laboratory-confirmed COVID-19 diseases in Germany were reported on March 14, 2020 (as of 3:00 p.m.). Eight deaths were also confirmed by the RKI. Here is an overview of the number of cases in the individual federal states:

  • Baden-Württemberg: 569 - 2 deaths
  • Bavaria: 681 - 1 death
  • Berlin: 216
  • Brandenburg: 61
  • Bremen: 50
  • Hamburg: 158
  • Hesse: 203
  • Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania: 45
  • Lower Saxony: 253
  • North Rhine-Westphalia: 1,154 - 5 deaths (risk area: Landkreis Heinsberg)
  • Rhineland-Palatinate: 121
  • Saarland: 40
  • Saxony: 93
  • Saxony-Anhalt: 45
  • Schleswig Holstein: 60
  • Thuringia: 46

The renowned Johns Hokpins University in the USA operates a worldwide live map of the spread of the corona virus. There are currently 4,585 infections and new deaths in Germany (as of March 15, 2020, 11:40 am). According to the card, 46 people in Germany are already cured. Here is an overview of the global situation of the ten most affected countries:

  • Worldwide cases: 156,400
  • China: 80,995
  • Italy: 21,157
  • Iran: 12,729
  • South Korea: 8,086
  • Spain: 6,391
  • Germany: 4,585
  • France: 4,481
  • USA: 2,952
  • Switzerland: 1,359
  • England: 1,143

Update 03/14/2020 / 04:35 pm

Ibuprofen fake news in circulation

There are currently warnings on social media, which are also spread via WhatsApp, that claim that taking ibuprofen would cause severe Covid-19 events. According to the news, the University Hospital Vienna found this unofficially. The University Hospital Vienna has meanwhile taken a position on this and made it clear that this is fake news.

"Text and voice messages are currently being distributed on various social media networks, which report alleged research results from the" Wiener Uniklinik "on symptoms of Covid 19. The Medical University of Vienna expressly points out that this is fake news that has no connection whatsoever with the MedUni Vienna, ”emphasizes the university in a press release.

Update: 14.03.2020, 1:43 p.m.
In view of the increasing number of corono patients to be treated in hospital, the German Society for Internal Intensive Care Medicine and Emergency Medicine (DGIIN) has published new COVID-19 treatment recommendations in cooperation with other specialist societies.

Update 14.03.2020 / 1:40 p.m.

Hamster purchase due to fear of corona: man wanted to buy 50 packs of flour - the situation escalated

The fear of the spreading corona virus has prompted many people to buy large quantities of food, disinfectants and respirators. In some places the situation is already escalating. In Osnabrück, the police had to intervene after a man tried to buy a whopping 50 packets of flour, the cashier refused to buy it at the cash register, and then there were violent acts.

Do hamster purchases make sense?

Hamster purchases are generally not sensible or even counterproductive, but according to experts, every household should always have certain food supplies available in the event of a disaster. The Federal Office for Civil Protection and Disaster Relief has summarized on its website which supply of food and beverages is recommended in order to be prepared for catastrophes for ten days. In addition, the Food Minister Julia Klöckner emphasized that the food supply was not in danger. There will therefore be no bottlenecks.

Update 14.03.2020 / 10:00 a.m.

Coronavirus case numbers in Germany

According to the Robert Koch Institute (RKI), the number of laboratory-confirmed COVID-19 diseases exceeded the 3000 mark on March 13, 2020 (as of 15:00). The RKI speaks of a total of 3,062 cases. Here is an overview of the number of cases in the individual federal states:

  • Baden-Wuerttemberg: 454
  • Bavaria: 558
  • Berlin: 174
  • Brandenburg: 44
  • Bremen: 42
  • Hamburg: 99
  • Hesse: 148
  • Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania: 33
  • Lower Saxony: 230
  • North Rhine-Westphalia: 936 (risk area: Landkreis Heinsberg)
  • Rhineland-Palatinate: 102
  • Saarland: 40
  • Saxony: 83
  • Saxony-Anhalt: 42
  • Schleswig Holstein: 48
  • Thuringia: 29

The renowned Johns Hokpins University in the United States operates a worldwide live distribution map of the corona virus. There are already 4,174 infections and eight deaths in Germany (as of March 14, 2020, 8 p.m.). According to the card, 46 people in Germany are already cured.

School closings in these federal states from Monday

Most countries will close all schools and daycare centers starting Monday or next week to curb the spread of the coronavirus. Here is an overview of the closings

  • Bavaria: Schools and day care centers closed until the end of the Easter holidays on April 20. Visiting rights in retirement and nursing homes restricted.
  • Berlin: Schools and day care centers are gradually phasing out. First of all, all upper level centers will close on Monday.
  • Brandenburg: As of Wednesday, March 18th, 2020, all daycare centers and schools will be closed.
  • Bremen: All schools and day care centers will be closed from Monday until the end of the Easter holidays.
  • Lower Saxony: All schools and day care centers will remain closed from Monday. High school graduates should start school again on April 15, 2020. All other schoolchildren stay at home until the end of the Easter holidays.
  • North Rhine-Westphalia: All daycare centers and schools close from Monday until the end of the Easter holidays. Monday and Tuesday teachers are still available for childcare in schools.
  • Rhineland-Palatinate: Kindergartens and schools close from Monday to 17th. The oral A-levels are postponed to March 23rd.
  • Schleswig-Holstein: Schools and day care centers will be closed from Monday to April 19.
  • Hamburg: All schools and kindergartens are closed from Monday to March 29th.
  • Mecklenburg-West Pomerania: All daycare centers and schools in Rostock and in the district of Ludwigslust-Parchim will close on Monday.
  • Baden-Wuerttemberg: From Tuesday, March 17th, 2020 all schools and daycare centers will close until the end of the Easter holidays.
  • Thuringia: All schools and day care centers will be closed from Monday.
  • Saxony: School operations will be phased out. First of all, from Monday all children should stay at home, where the extra-curricular care is guaranteed. The school remains open for childcare for the remaining children. However, there are no classes.
  • Saxony-Anhalt: Schools and day care centers close from Monday to April 13th.
  • Hesse: Compulsory schooling will be lifted from Monday. The schools remain open, but the visit is voluntary.

Israel plans to provide the first vaccine in 90 days

Israeli media are currently reporting a breakthrough at the MIGAL research institute in Galilee. As a result, researchers have been working there for four years on a vaccine against a virus that resembles the Sars-Cov-2 coronavirus. The institute is currently working on adaptations to the new corona virus. If everything goes according to plan, the first vaccine will be in a few weeks. More information can be found in the article: Coronavirus: Israel plans to provide the first Covid-19 vaccine in a few weeks.

Detect a coronavirus infection with a self-test?

Update 3/13/2020 / 6:20 p.m.
A fake message is currently spreading on social media and via WhatsApp that, according to Taiwanese doctors, a so-called quick lung test can show in 10 seconds whether you have been infected with the corona virus. Take a deep breath and hold the air for 10 seconds. Those who feel no complaints are said not to be affected. However, this report is a myth and is not covered by any scientific knowledge. Nor have any doctors from Taiwan ever advised this.

Only PCR test is currently the only quick test

According to the current situation, it is only possible to determine whether a virus infection is present using a so-called polymerase chain reaction test (PCR test). For this, doctors take a sample from the airways. The sample is then sent to a laboratory. The experts in the laboratory then scan the test for possible genetic material of the corona virus. It takes around 3 hours to get a result.

The Sars-CoV-2 incubation period, i.e. the time between infection and the first symptoms, is 2 to 14 days. On average, the first symptoms appear after 5 days, as researchers report in the journal "Annals of Internal Medicine".

Coronavirus - An overview of the current situation

School closings, canceled major events, empty shelves in supermarkets - the effects of the new Sars-Cov-2 coronavirus can now be felt by most people. By March 12, 2020 (3 p.m.), the Robert Koch Institute (RKI) confirmed 2,369 COVID-19 cases - over 800 more than the previous day. In addition, a total of 5 people died as a result of the new viral disease. This article provides an overview of the current situation in Germany and the world.

The RKI and the World Health Organization WHO provide up-to-date case reports on the spread of the Sars-Cov-2 coronavirus, which can trigger the respiratory disease COVID-19. According to the WHO, the worldwide number of infections has exceeded the 130,000 mark. Around 5,000 people have already died from the new virus, which is now spreading to 123 countries (as of March 13, 2020).

Number of cases in Germany from March 12, 2020 (3:00 p.m.)

As reported by the RKI, there were 2,369 laboratory-confirmed COVID-19 cases in Germany on March 12, 2020. In addition, five deaths were reported - one in Baden-Württemberg, one in Bavaria and three in North Rhine-Westphalia. Here are the case numbers of the individual federal states:

  • Baden-Wuerttemberg: 454
  • Bavaria: 500
  • Berlin: 137
  • Brandenburg: 30
  • Bremen: 38
  • Hamburg: 88
  • Hesse: 99
  • Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania: 23
  • Lower Saxony: 129
  • North Rhine-Westphalia: 688 (risk area: Landkreis Heinsberg)
  • Rhineland-Palatinate: 52
  • Saarland: 14
  • Saxony: 45
  • Saxony-Anhalt: 27
  • Schleswig Holstein: 31
  • Thuringia: 14

Worldwide situation

The WHO provides an overview of the global situation of the corona crisis. While the number of cases in China now seems to remain constant, the corona virus is spreading particularly quickly in Italy, Iran and South Korea. In Europe, there were also strong increases in infections in Spain, France and Germany. The following list shows the current worldwide case numbers of the ten most affected countries:

  • Worldwide cases: 132,567
  • China: 80,981
  • Italy: 15,113
  • Iran: 10,075
  • South Korea: 7,979
  • Spain: 2,965
  • France: 2,860
  • Germany: 2,369
  • USA: 1,264
  • Switzerland: 858
  • Japan: 675

13.03.2020: Closing schools and daycare centers in Saarland, Lower Saxony and Bavaria

As Saarland's Prime Minister Tobias Hans (CDU) announced, all schools and daycare centers in Saarland will close on Monday, March 16, 2020, until the end of the Easter holidays. Schoolchildren Schoolchildren in Lower Saxony are going to school for the last time for the time being, Lower Saxony's Minister of Culture Grant Hendrik Tonne (SPD) explains in the morning. Kindergartens, universities, museums and theaters are also to remain closed. In Bavaria, too, schools and daycare centers are expected to remain closed from Monday.

You can find more information on school closings in the article: Coronavirus: Schools closed on Monday in Saarland, Bavaria and Lower Saxony!

Effects on everyday life

In addition to the school closings, further restrictions on public life can be expected in the coming weeks. Chancellor Angela Merkel also recommends limiting social contacts where possible. Anyone suspected of being infected should report to the competent health authority regardless of the occurrence of symptoms. The RKI offers a postcode search online to find the responsible health authority.

For more information, see the article: Coronavirus: Effects on Everyday Life - How should you behave?

How can you protect yourself from infection?

Hand hygiene and keeping your face as little as possible are at the top when it comes to protecting against corona viruses. Washing hands thoroughly should take about 20 to 30 seconds and should be done several times a day, for example when arriving at home or at work, before eating and after using the toilet. Normal soap is sufficient for this. According to virologists, corona viruses can be washed off very well. In addition, one to two meters should be kept away from sick people. You can find more information in the article: Coronavirus infection: How to protect yourself.

Over 80 percent of infections are mild

The corona virus causes only mild illnesses in most people, which can be treated with home remedies at home and isolation. For more information, see the article: Treating Covid-19 infection with home remedies at home. The disease is particularly dangerous for certain risk groups, such as the elderly, sick or immunodeficient.

How does a coronavirus infection manifest itself?

Fever and cough are particularly common symptoms of COVID-19 infection. In addition, complaints such as shortness of breath, muscle and joint pain, sore throat and headache can occur.This can be accompanied by nasal congestion and diarrhea. As a complication, life-threatening pneumonia can occur in rare cases. Some infected people show no complaints at all, but are still contagious.

All important information about the clinical picture Covid-19 can be found in the article: Coronavirus - Symptoms, Contagion and Prevention.

Keep Calm!

The current flood of information on the subject scares many people in Germany. The psychiatrist Dr. Sheila Jowsey-Gregoire gives advice to help with fear of corona. Accordingly, one should focus on problem solving and flexibility to deal with the crisis. If possible, emotions such as anger and despair should not determine thinking, as this would result in losing control. The expert also recommends that you do not consume too many Corona messages and only obtain them from trustworthy sources.

Forecast: Around two thirds will come into contact with the virus

"It will probably be 60 to 70 percent infected, but we do not know in what time," explains Berlin-based virologist Christian Drosten to the German press agency (dpa). However, this could take two years or more. The far-reaching measures are primarily about relieving the burden on the health system so that not too many people fall ill at one go. This is to ensure better care.

According to Drosten, it only becomes problematic when many infections appear within a short period of time. Then it could lead to overcrowded hospitals and doctor's offices as well as overloaded health offices. (vb)

Author and source information

This text corresponds to the requirements of the medical literature, medical guidelines and current studies and has been checked by medical doctors.

Graduate editor (FH) Volker Blasek

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