As of this moment, COVID 19 virus has spread to more than 170 countries around the world and Germany is also one of these countries where there are confirmed cases of COVID 19 and deaths as well. When the first case of COVID 19 was reported in December 2019, German government stated that this is not a serious illness and it’s highly unlikely to reach Germany let alone create a pandemic. Around 27th January 2020, there were some cases of COVID 19 confirmed in Germany but the government still didn’t take any corrective action and treated the cases as casual flu and cough. But soon after that, they realized how serious this threat is, and immediate actions were taken by German chancellor Angela Merkel. Fast forwarding to current situation, Germany is one of the few countries around the world where COVID 19 is effectively contained and number of confirmed cases is decreasing with each day while number of recovered patients is going upwards with not more than a few deaths.

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Here is the timeline of how Germany was affected by COVID 19.

  • December 2019: first case of COVID 19 is registered in China and Germany isn’t considering it as a serious threat.
  • Mid January 2020: Germany still refers to COVID 19 as a common sickness that is not fatal and it’s highly unlikely to reach Germany.
  • 27th January 2020: There are a few cases of COVID 19 registered in Germany but the government is still not considering it serious.
  • February 2020: The situation changed drastically and within 1 month of first case of COVID 19 in Germany, there were more than 48 positive cases making Germany the 2nd country of having COVID 19 cases in Europe.
  • Late February and early March 2020: German government realized the seriousness of the situation and immediately locked down schools, colleges and daycare institutes. The government also forced it’s citizens to stay isolated if they ever came in contact with an affected person.
  • Early March 2020: Germany forced it’s citizens to stay isolated even if they don’t have any symptoms of COVID 19 virus.
  • 2nd week of March 2020: German government took rapid action in establishing highest level healthcare facilities around the country and massive number of ventilators and isolation wards or quarantine centers to isolate affected people.
  • 10th March 2020: There were more than 1200 confirmed cases of COVID 19 in Germany and on 10th March, 2 patients died.
  • 3rd week of March 2020: There were more than 7000 confirmed cases of COVID 19 in Germany on 17th March and after understanding how quickly this virus was spreading, Germany increased the number of beds and ventilators around the country to accommodate more patients. Authorities confirmed that because it takes 2-3 days to get test results back, it’s possible the cases are more than 7000.
  • 22nd March 2020: There were more than 25000 affected people in Germany and the entire country was immediately locked down with instructions that general public should stay at home and gathering of more than 2 people is forbidden.
  • Late March 2020: German government said that their testing capacity is way better than any other country in the world and in fact that have the ability to conduct 2000 test per a million people.
  • 30th March 2020: on March 30th, there were more than 60,000 confirmed cases of COVID 19 and 128 people died with taking fatality rate to 1.2% higher than the previous 0.3% rate but far less than any other country in the world.
  • Mid April 2020: As of mid April 2020, there are more than 150,000 confirmed cases of COVID 19 in Germany with deaths not more than 5300 and more than 100,000 fully recovered patients. Although the number of confirmed cases is getting slower but the current situation clearly shows that Germany is not out of the difficult situation yet and it might see a hard time within next 2-3 weeks.

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