Coronavirus in 15 federal states, number of cases rises to 262
Coronavirus infections have now been confirmed in every federal state in Germany except Saxony-Anhalt. The total number of infections has risen to 262, according to the Robert Koch Institute.
Coronavirus cases in every state except Saxony-Anhalt
Following the detection of the first cases in Brandenburg, Thuringia and Saxony on Monday, and in Saarland and Mecklenburg-Vorpommern on Tuesday, the COVID-19 (Sars-CoV-2) virus has now been detected in 15 out of Germany’s 16 federal states. Saxony-Anhalt remains the only state where an infection has not been confirmed.
Assessing the risk to public health posed by the virus as “moderate”, the Robert Koch Institute said, “Further cases, infection chains and also outbreaks must be expected in Germany.”
Around half of all the cases are in North Rhine-Westphalia, the most populous state in Germany. The bulk of the other infections are in Bavaria and Baden-Württemberg, with the other federal states currently recording only a handful of cases each.
You can see a breakdown of the confirmed cases, by federal state, in the interactive map below.
There are also a large number of reported - but not confirmed - cases in North Rhine-Westphalia, Bavaria and Baden-Württemberg. Our map will be updated as new information comes in.
German government seeks to control virus spread
While making concerted efforts to control the spread of the virus, the German government is also anxious to quell fears, as reports came in of schools, hospitals and workplaces (including large international companies like BMW) closing their doors and panic-buying shoppers stripping supermarket shelves of dried food, hand sanitiser and face masks.
Federal Health Minister Jens Spahn announced that he will host a crisis management meeting on Wednesday to discuss how to deal with the virus in Germany. He also plans to meet with health ministers of all of Germany’s 16 states, in order to coordinate responses to outbreaks and better plan the tracking of travellers within the country.
Spahn stated firmly at the beginning of the week that the widespread cancellation of events or closures of companies was “generally not advisable, proportional or appropriate.” Nonetheless, several high-profile events, including ITB Berlin, Musikmesse Frankfurt and the Leipzig Book Fair, have this week announced cancellations or postponements due to coronavirus.