Current Covid-19 spread in Germany and the world
According to the Robert Koch Institute (RKI), there are currently 1567 confirmed Covid 19 cases in Germany (as of March 11, 6:10 p.m.). According to the World Health Organization (WHO), the number of Covid-19 cases is now approaching the 125,000 mark. Cases of illness were reported in a total of 118 countries. Over 4,600 people died from Covid-19. However, over 80 percent of infections are mild.
The RKI recently published the latest confirmed cases of infection with the new coronavirus SARS-CoV-2, which can trigger the respiratory disease Covid-19. The federal states of Baden-Württemberg, Bavaria and especially North Rhine-Westphalia are hardest hit.
How much are the individual federal states affected?
North Rhine-Westphalia is by far the most affected with 484 confirmed infections. But the cases are also increasing in Bavaria and Baden-Württemberg. Here are the case numbers of the individual federal states. The RKI now reports the first three deaths in Germany. All victims come from North Rhine-Westphalia. Here is an overview of the current cases:
- Baden-Wuerttemberg: 277
- Bavaria: 366
- Berlin: 90
- Brandenburg: 24
- Bremen: 21
- Hamburg: 48
- Hesse: 48
- Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania: 17th
- Lower Saxony: 75
- North Rhine-Westphalia: 484 (risk area: Landkreis Heinsberg)
- Rhineland-Palatinate: 25
- Saarland: 14
- Saxony: 26
- Schleswig Holstein: 27
- Thuringia: 10
Germany among the ten most affected countries
The WHO also gives an outlook on the global situation. Accordingly, the virus has spread particularly strongly in the four countries of China, South Korea, Italy and Iran. But Germany, France, Spain and Switzerland are also among the ten most affected countries. The virus appears to be spreading faster in France and Spain than in Germany. The following list shows the current number of cases:
- Worldwide cases: 124,519
- China: 80,980
- Italy: 12,462
- Iran: 9,000
- South Korea: 7,869
- France: 2,269
- Spain: 2,140
- Germany: 1,567
- USA: 987
- Switzerland: 645
- Japan: 620
Most people only develop mild symptoms
Even though the rapid spread is scaring many people, everyone should keep in mind that most illnesses are a mild illness that can be compared to a flu or a cold. The disease is dangerous for certain risk groups, such as the elderly, people with underlying diseases or immunodeficient people. The majority of those infected can cure the disease at home and do not even have to go to a hospital. For more information, see the article: Treating Covid-19 infection with home remedies at home.
Forecast: 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.
It is primarily about relieving the health system
When schools are closed and large events are canceled, the danger of the virus to the individual is not the focus. Instead, the infection rate is to be kept low. This will reduce the pressure on the healthcare system and bridge the time until better treatments are available.
According to Drosten, it only becomes problematic when many infections appear within a short period of time. Because then there is a risk of overcrowded hospitals and medical practices as well as overloaded health offices. (vb)
Author and source information
This text corresponds to the specifications of the medical literature, medical guidelines and current studies and has been checked by medical doctors.
Graduate editor (FH) Volker Blasek
- Robert Koch Institute (RKI): SARS-CoV-2: Case numbers in Germany, China and worldwide (as of March 10, 9:30 p.m.), rki.de
- WHO: Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) situation (accessed: March 11, 2020), experience.arcgis.com