Quarantine, home office and social distance do not have to mean that the whole world is now mutating into couch potatoes sitting on the couch. Especially now, that life is mainly sitting at home, it is all the more important to keep your pulse going and stretch your joints.
Regardless of whether you have already done a lot of sport before Corona or not – the storage bunker does not stop at any. It is not just about physical health, but especially about mental health.
That is why you will find a selection of virtual sports offers from Frankfurt – for your living room.
Support Local Gyms!
It is, of course, no secret that there are countless workout videos on YouTube. But why not also support virtual local institutions?
Many clubs and gyms from the Frankfurt region, which had to close temporarily, are gradually making sports courses and tutorials available online to bridge the isolation period (probably until April 19). There is something for every fitness level, every age and every taste.
The best: No one is watching you sweat anymore! Why not try something new? Who knows when you will have the opportunity again.
These Frankfurt online courses are free and accessible to everyone:
1. Goethe University – Center for University Sports
scheduled online courses via Zoom / Skype
Yoga, Pilates, Ballet, HIT, Zumba, Contemporary Dance, HYROX (combination of strength, interval and endurance)
By the way: If you are unsure which training is best for you and your body or if you have any other questions about sports, you can now get advice from experts on the phone. The Olympiastützpunkt Hessen has set up a telephone hotline for sports medicine issues via the Sportklinik Frankfurt. You can call Monday to Thursday from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., and Friday from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at 069 – 678009 .
The coronavirus pandemic has affected the world as we know it, and numerous industries and businesses are suffering (or, in some cases, gaining) from its powerful impact. Due to strict measures taken by governments across the globe, most companies are asking their employees to work from home. However, what about those who cannot do their jobs at home?
The job market in Germany
Looking at the job market composition during the COVID-19 pandemic, we can identify three main groups of people:
1. Who are looking for a job right now
This refers to people who were either already job seekers before the pandemic, or who have been laid off due to the pandemic.
2. Who will need a job in the near future
This refers to people who will lose a job because of pandemic and potential economic recession in the near future.
3. Who are looking for a career change
This refers to people who are currently staying at a job, but have been thinking about a career change, before or after the arrival of the pandemic.
If you are employed, your industry is not heavily affected by the crisis, and you’re happy at work, then relax. Wash your hands and stay in your home office. However, if you are in one of the above categories, read on.
Depending on which of these categories you fall under, your job search or career development strategy may vary. Let’s discuss each of the groups in more detail.
Current job seekers
If you are a job seeker at the moment, a lot will depend on your industry. Obviously, there are sectors that are more heavily affected than others. Mainly, these are industries that depend on people going out or that require people to be present at a location; activities that cannot be replaced by virtual sessions. These include:
Tourism (travel, hotels, airlines, train and bus services, guides)
Leisure (sports, concerts and theatres, bars and restaurants, spas and beauty salons)
Manufacturing (may vary)
If this is the case for you, think of ways in which you can modify or adapt your business / job to the current situation, or other ways in which you can use your skills. Here are some tips on what you can do when faced with such a situation:
One possible solution is to start conducting online courses such as “how to master Adobe Photoshop” or “Learning German”.
You can also try to reinvent your business, for example, delivering food to your customers, providing them with new recipes online, or even DIY courses.
Watch out for any help the government might provide for you or your type of business.
Is there another industry that demands your hard / soft skills? If you are an engineer, then it is very probable that your knowledge is needed in other sectors. Or if you are a salesperson, think of what kind of value you could bring to other types of businesses. What transferable skills do you have?
However, if you are unable to, or simply don’t want to modify your business, there are two main options for you:
Look for a job in another sector with your current skills
Take a break and develop or expand on your qualifications
If you choose the first option, think of the industries that are still hiring.
They are accustomed to working remotely and may be running business as usual.
High-tech companies specialising in remote work (Zoom, Slack, Asana, Trello, etc.)
Since the majority of companies are bringing their business online when applicable and possible, these vendors need new workers urgently, to help meet the increased demand.
Online learning companies
Data shows that people are using their time in quarantine to learn new skills. Therefore, there will be an increase in the number of people using distance learning platforms. Increased business demand means an increased need for new hires.
Digital entertainment (movies, games)
Schools and offices are closed, which means that demand for entertainment has increased, since the easiest choice for many is to watch a movie or play a game. Companies like Netflix are therefore still hiring.
The healthcare sector is always under pressure to hire new talent. Today, this is especially true, as it never was before. Doctors, nurses and other medical staff are desperately needed in hospitals. Data specialists, researchers, scientists, and communications experts are also of utmost importance.
Pharmacies and medical technology
Pharmacies and medical technology companies are still hiring people to cover the current demand in the market.
If physical shopping is no longer possible, people will resort to online shopping. E-commerce companies are experiencing a boom in sales.
Future job seekers
One way to deal with uncertainty about the future is to think ahead. The crisis will be over one day, and the world will become normal again. However, a large number of people will have lost their jobs or businesses. This means there will be a lot of competition out there. The best thing you can do is BE PREPARED.
Analyse where your industry is going and what skills will be needed
Right now, we can say that jobs that deal with data (analytics, data science and so on) will be needed more so than before. Furthermore, since a variety of businesses are now going online, specialists who have expertise in digitalisation and e-commerce will rock the market.
Finally, this is the time to learn. And learn extensively. A lot of institutions provide their online courses either free of charge, or with extensive discounts. Use this time to develop the skills that you will be capable of selling later.
What if you are working at a secure job, but have been thinking about a career change? Is now the right moment to go about such a change?
Think of the strategies described above. The answer to the question of whether or not you should change your job now depends heavily on the industry and the role you have / want to obtain. Nowadays, it is crucial not to make any “occasional” decisions.
Think strategically and look at the market. Visiting a career coach or recruitment agency can be helpful in this case. The situation we are in now is unprecedented, and nobody can say with certainty what will happen next. However, investing into your own development is always a good idea.
Final piece of advice
Companies are still hiring, but the process may take longer. Instead of an in-person interview, you will probably meet online. What does this mean for you?
Know the value you bring and be prepared to back it up with numbers and evidence.
Make sure your application documents (CV, cover letter, LinkedIn profile) are polished and you deliver your value proposition clearly.
Make sure you are well prepared for the interview (do your research well).
A cuckoo clock in Triberg, Baden-Württemberg. Photo: DPA
Whether long-time plans or emergency measures in response to the corona crisis, there’s a lot changing in Germany as of Wednesday(1st April 2020).
Higher ticket prices
Months before the corona crisis hit, a new regulation was approved to make flying less attractive through higher ticket prices and thus to better protect the environment. Slated to come into force on Wednesday, it mandates that:
The air transport tax for flights within Germany and in EU countries will increase by more than €5 euros to €13.03 per ticket,
Longer flights up to 6000 kilometres it will be increased by almost €10 to €33.01 .
For flight over 6000 kilometres, €59.43 will be due, or about €18 more than before.
Deferred loan repayments
All consumer loan agreements – whether for a new car, apartment or home – concluded before March 15th can be paused for a maximum of three months. This includes repayment, interest and principal payments due between April 1st and June 30th.
A free ride along the Rhine
In Monheim am Rhein all residents can travel by bus free of charge starting on Wednesday. The small town between Leverkusen and Düsseldorf will thus become the only municipality in the state of North Rhine-Westphalia where people will no longer have to pay anything for public transport. According to the city, it plans to spend just under €3.5 million a year on the measure.
A bus in Monheim. Photo: DPA
Changes for Hartz IV recipients
Starting in April, job centres around Germany will be waiving the assets and rent examination for the Hartz IV applications for half a year.
Hartz IV recipients also no longer have to go to their job centre in person, but can usually simply call. Applications for unemployment benefit can be made by telephone or online.
Berlin’s Humboldt University to offer free legal advice in corona disputes starting in April
Whether canceled flights, ticket refunds, or rent issues: Consumer law advisors at Berlin’s Humboldt University will also be offering free advice as of Wednesday. Cases with an amount in dispute of up to €1,000 in consumer law and up to €5,000 in residential tenancy law will be accepted, the HU Consumer Law Office announced last week.
Interested parties could then mail their initial inquiries to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The service of the HU Law Department is staffed by students who are trained and supported by trained and fully qualified lawyers. This enables them to gain their first professional experience.
Protection against dismissing tenants
Currently, a landlord can terminate the lease if no rent is paid for two consecutive months. However, due to the corona crisis, terminations are now prohibited if a loss of income means that the tenant cannot pay their rent.
This will initially apply to rent debts from the period between April 1st to June 20th, but the government is authorised to extend the measures until September 30th.
However, the tenants’ obligation to pay the rent will in principle remain in place, and it will only be deferred. The arrears must be settled after two years at the latest, i.e. by June 30th, 2022. Otherwise, the landlord is permitted to evict the tenant for their failure to pay.
Schools start again
As a precautionary measure, schools and daycare centres were closed in all of Germany’s 16 states in order to slow down the spread of the coronavirus. After the end of the Easter holidays, classes and day care are officially slated to start again – but at different times in different states, ranging from April 14th in Hamburg to April 26th in Saarland. However, the closures stand to be extended.
New child aid supplement
Through a massive aid package approved last Friday through Germany’s Federal Cabinet, parents with loss of earnings will have easier access to the so-called child supplement starting on Wednesday. The Kindergeld payment supports families in which the parents’ earnings are not sufficient for the whole family’s expenses.
Up until now, the average income over the past six months has been the basis for calculating the child supplement. Yet from April 1st, only the income of the last month before the application has to be proven, and assets won’t be taken into account. This regulation initially lasts until the end of September.
Coronavirus ban to either end or be extended
The ban on contact imposed by the federal and state governments or the exit restrictions applicable in some federal states should also apply until at least April 20th, according to Helge Braun, head of the Chancellor’s Office and government coordinator in the Corona crisis.
In Bavaria, Saarland and Saxony, for example, curfew restrictions apply rather than bans on contacts.
A school in Munich which closed due to the corona crisis. Photo: DPA
Childcare contributions are suspended in some federal states in April
Parents in North Rhine-Westphalia do not have to pay contributions to their children’s child care in April. All parental contributions for nurseries and day care – at home or in a centre – for the coming month would be suspended nationwide, said NRW family minister Joachim Stamp (FDP) on Thursday in Düsseldorf.
Similar regulations already exist in several other federal states, such as Saxony and Thuringia. Parents should be reimbursed for kindergarten and after-school fees if the children cannot be looked after.
In many towns and cities in Lower Saxony, as well as in Baden-Württemberg, parents will probably not have to pay a daycare fee for April – and Schleswig-Holstein also wants to reimburse the fees. The municipalities are to receive €50 million from the Corona emergency aid program.Unmarried couples can adopt stepchildren in future The prerequisite is that they have lived together for at least four years or already have a child in the same household. If one of the two partners is still married to someone else, adoption is only possible in exceptional cases. Until now, stepchildren could only be adopted by the spouse of their parent. Building better wages
Although construction is taking place in Germany, the construction industry is also feeling the effects of the current economic downturn caused by the corona pandemic.
But because construction boomed for years and sales grew, more money will be available starting on April 1st for more than 200,000 of the 820,000 construction workers in the building industry nationwide.
These are the new wages agreed upon by the industry:
Minimum wage for unskilled work will rise by 35 cents to €12.55 per hour starting in April.
The minimum wage for skilled workers in west Germany and Berlin will then rise by 20 cents to €15.40 and €15.25 respectively. This minimum wage for skilled workers in the construction industry does not exist in the eastern German states.
Nowadays, you all beauties have to know that Korean cosmetics, also Korean Beauty or K-Beauty, are very trendy. Have you tried to take the trendy cosmetic products from Korea?
I am surprised as a Korean living in Germany when I realized there are lots of K-beauty products that I can get online and offline in Germany. Especially, from official dm directly!
For Koreans or people who love K-Beauty living in Germany, now, we do not have to waste our time to search the products out here and there, because biggest retail German store is just waiting for us.
dm-drogerie markt is a chain of retail stores headquartered in Karlsruhe, Germany, that sells cosmetics, healthcare items, household products and health food.
In its industry sector, dm-drogerie markt is Germany’s largest retailer measured by revenues. The company is known for its flat hierarchical structures and high level of social commitment. For founder Götz Werner, the well-being of employees is more important than the company’s returns.
Anyway, Korean cosmetics at dm mean a large selection of must-haves when it comes to cosmetics from Korea. These include:
Ten care steps lead to a radiant complexion: This opinion is Missha. Korean Skin Care offers different care series for dry skin, normal skin or anti-aging care. Cloth masks are also part of the range, as are BB creams and a day cream with the trendy ingredient snail slime. By the way: animal testing is prohibited in South Korea. All MISSHA products are free of animal testing.
Hand creams, foot peeling, sheet mask and care line with the natural ingredient Aloe Vera: At Its SKIN you will find various ingredients for beautiful skin. The brand was developed by dermatologists from the University of Seoul and stands for skin care based on the latest scientific findings. Its SKIN focuses on natural, well-tolerated ingredients.
Oh, but they’re cute: You want to call that with the SUGU cloth masks. The masks refresh, soothe or give moisture – depending on the ingredient and skin need. The K-Beauty range also includes lip mask, eye pads and a silicone cleaning pad.
too cool for school
Modern textures and high quality ingredients come together in Korean cool products from too cool for school. The loving design completes the refreshing overall impression. What particularly caught our eye: the EGG line. The proteins, fatty acids and vitamins contained in the egg are used for skin care – in sheet masks, day cream or cleansing foam.
The Korean market is so interesting for those interested in beauty because it works with exciting textures and highly effective ingredients for the skin – and in a hurry, everything is always in motion for the beauty. In Korea, people not only want to provide the skin with the best possible care, they also want to enjoy the daily rituals of skin care. Face masks in particular are indispensable in Korean skin care thanks to their light and effective use. You can also get the mask from us, because we have various cloth masks for you in our shop’s range.
Also with us: day cream, tinted day care, eye cream, facial toner and much more. Click here to see more process.
Why Korean Cosmetics?
Who can we get something from when it comes to beauty care? The answer is very clear: Koreans have the best sense in the face care area. For their world-famous porcelain skin, cream, distribute and put on their beauty treasures very diligently. The effort to look good seems to be worth it when you think of their even, wrinkle-free and pore-free complexion. Would you also like to benefit from Korean cosmetics? Goes well together, in our dm online shop we have beauty products and brands such as Missha, it’s skin & Co. ready forthe K-Beauty trend, as Korean cosmetics are also called.
Removing makeup is the be-all and end-all at K-Beauty
The secret behind flawless skin thanks to Korean cosmetics and the Asia Glow is quite simple: K Beauty is about multi-stage skin care every day. In addition, South Koreans rely on sun protection even in winter. The absolute magic word of Korean beauty routine is removing makeup, removing makeup, removing makeup – always directly when you come home. Because according to the Koranic trend, every second without makeup means a valuable second for your complexion.
Tip from Korea: Daily beauty routine
A quick wash in the face in the morning and you’re done? If you want your skin to become even more beautiful, you should use a little more Korean beauty products such as masks, creams, emulsions, serums and toners immediately after getting up and before going to bed. The hype about the Korean products and the Korean care philosophy has of course long since arrived among beauty bloggers. They are enthusiastic about Korean brands, can no longer get out of posting Korean masks on Insta & Co.
Ingredients? Preferably indeed!
Korean cosmetics impress with ingredients that come as naturally as possible and provide the skin with nutrients: algae, green tea, honey, calendula, bamboo, coal, lotus flower, ginseng, mother-of-pearl or regenerating snail slime, which the Missha brand, for example, uses in its products puts. The notorious porcelain complexion is meant by the term “glass skin” coined by the beauty trend. The daily Korean beauty care makes it shine again and again. It’s like a layer of glass covering the skin. This effect works indeed!
For checking in details about the products, You can go to dm official website for all the possible Korean cosmetics!
In the era of the corona pandemic, public life still stands. Museums, drama, opera – all social rights are closed. But you don’t have to do without it beforehand!
This page bundles the digital cultural offerings of Frankfurt – from living room concerts and greetings from the independent scene to museum offers – and brings the art and culture from museums and theaters, music, literature and visual arts and podcasts directly onto the sofa.
Many facilities in Frankfurt have expanded their digital offering in order to continue to provide people with art and culture.
From now on, all offers are collected on the Internet platform “Culture on the sofa” of the Kulturamt. The corona virus has almost brought public life to a standstill in Frankfurt, and all cultural institutions are closed until April 20. In order to continue to ensure diversity in art and culture, many theaters, museums and organizers have expanded their digital offering. To this end, the cultural department and the cultural office have launched the “Culture on the Sofa” platform , from which all offers and promotions can now be viewed in one place.
“In times of Corona, we notice how much we lack culture,” said Culture Director Ina Hartwig (SPD). “The analog shared experience of a museum or concert visit has broken away from one day to the next and we are forced to spend a lot of time at home.” Through their offers, the creative artists continued to enable social encounters in the digital space. This is important, “because the culture must remain visible, especially at this time,” emphasizes the head of culture.
In addition to living room concerts, theatrical performances or virtual art exhibitions, the page currently also includes greetings from Frankfurt artists. The overview should be updated continuously, additional suggestions can be sent by email to email@example.com.
1.8 million people work in Germany with an unfairly limited contract. The number has more than tripled since 2001.
More and more people in Germany work with a contract that is for a non-substantive period. This is shown by an evaluation of the Economic and Social Sciences Institute (WSI) of the Hans Böckler Foundation. Accordingly, the number of such jobs rose by more than 200,000 from 2017 to 2018 alone.
Between 2001 and 2018, the number more than tripled – from 550,000 to 1.8 million people, it is said. In the same period, the proportion of these jobs in all employment relationships rose from 1.7 to 4.8 percent. According to the evaluation, a total of 3.2 million jobs were limited in Germany in 2018, almost twice as many as in 2001.
For the report, data from the company panel of the Institute for Labor Market and Vocational Research and figures from the Federal Employment Agency were evaluated.
“Temporary employment is a problem for the mostly young people affected, because they are often associated with income poverty, restrictions on social participation and starting a family,” said the WSI researchers.
Especially in times of the coronavirus pandemic, it will be particularly difficult for workers with fixed-term contracts: “Since we are likely to have problems in the labor market in the coming time, temporary workers will be particularly hard hit,” said a WSI data manager With. They would be the first to be fired in times of crisis.
Frankfurt Airport (FRA) is well prepared to deal with the outbreak of infectious diseases—fulfilling all recommendations of the health authorities responsible for FRA (the Frankfurt Health Department and the Hessian Ministry for Social Affairs). Currently, the authorities have not ordered health screening of passengers to be conducted at FRA. In cooperation with the relevant health authorities, we are providing targeted information for travelers via monitors in the terminals.
Passengers departing from FRA are strongly advised to contact their airline for information on the specific regulations regarding their flight and destination, before traveling to the airport.
Germany has introduced travel restrictions for entries from outside the Schengen area on March 17, 2020. All corresponding entries from non-EU-citizens and citizens of non-Schengen states by plane or ship will be affected. Entry will be possible for German citizens.
Also EU-citzens and citizens of Great Britain, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland and their family members will be allowed to transit through Germany to reach their home countries. The same will apply for foreigners holding a residence permit in one of these countries. Other people may be rejected entry, if they cannot provide proof of urgent reasons for their entry.
Federal Minister of the Interior Horst Seehofer has decided to temporarily reintroduce checks at the internal borders with Austria, Switzerland, France, Luxembourg and Denmark as an additional measure to contain the spread of the novel coronavirus.The checks will come into force on Monday, 16 March 2020 at 08:00. The cross-border flow of goods will continue to be permitted. Cross-border commuters will also continue to be allowed to enter and leave the country. People travelling for other reasons should expect restrictions on travel both into and out of Germany. Travellers with symptoms that may indicate a coronavirus infection will not be permitted to enter/leave Germany, in coordination with the authorities in the relevant neighbouring country. The Federal Ministry of the Interior is urging citizens to postpone all non-essential travel. Commuters are asked to provide proof that they need to cross the border for their work. The Federal Police has been asked to oversee the border checks.
(Source: Federal Foreign Office, Federal Ministry of the Interior, Building and Community)
Shopping and dining opportunities reduced
We apologize for the fact that we are currently unable to ensure the usual shopping and dining opportunities at Frankfurt Airport. The decisions made by the German federal and Hessian governments to combat the COVID-19 epidemic have required us to close most of the shops and reduce the hours of restaurants inside the terminals. However, food and beverages will be available enough of the time to meet basic needs. We are endeavoring to maintain at least this basic level of service. In the transit areas, their availability will be continually adjusted in response to the departures and arrivals that are still taking place.
Until further notice it is no longer possible for you to reserve products. In addition, our delivery service is currently only available within Germand and for flights to other EU countries. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause. You can continue to browse our product selection, however, and after logging in you can also place articles in your shopping basket.
Pharmacies Still Open
The Metropolitan Pharmacy has outlets at these locations:
Terminal 1, Shopping Boulevard, Level 2, open daily between 6:30 a.m. and 9 p.m.
Terminal 1, Pier Z, Level 4, open daily between 7 a.m. and 8 p.m.
Terminal 2, Shopping Plaza, Level 3, open daily between 7 a.m. and 8 p.m.
The Squaire, Marketplace, open daily between 7 a.m. and 9 p.m.
The Metropolitan Pharmacy also has an ordering service. You can submit orders by sending an Email to or using the free CallmyApo app for Android and iOS. The items can then be picked up at a selected location or delivered to your home anywhere in Europe without any restrictions.
You must show or send the original prescriptions before the medications can be sent or issued to you.
The MetCard entitles you to a 12% discount from the Metropolitan Pharmacy on all nonprescription drugs, cosmetics, body care and wellness products, and travel specials. This customer card is valid at all outlets and online.
Information of Flights of the Lufthansa Group
The Lufthansa Group continues to suspend flights to mainland China until 24 April 2020. This concerns flights to Beijing, Shanghai, Nanjing, Shenyang and Qingdao. In addition, flights on short- and medium-haul routes may be reduced by up to 25 per cent in the coming weeks.
Despite the new travel guidelines ordered by the US administration on passengers from the European Union, Switzerland and other countries, Lufthansa Group Airlines will continue to offer flights to the USA from Germany. The Lufthansa Group will continue operating flights from Frankfurt to Chicago and Newark (New York) beyond 14 March, thus maintaining at least some air traffic connections to the USA from Europe. The airlines are currently working on an alternative flight schedule for the USA. Passengers will still be able to reach all destinations within the USA via the U.S. hubs and connecting flights served by partner airline, United Airlines.
The Lufthansa Group will continue to serve all destinations in Canada until further notice.
The impact on the Lufthansa Group flight programme due to the recently changed entry regulations for India is currently being evaluated.
Lufthansa passengers planning a trip over the next few weeks are advised to check the status of the respective flight before embarking on their journey. Guests who have provided Lufthansa with their contact details will be informed if their flight is cancelled.
Measures taken on board of aircraft arriving from risk areas
Passengers arriving in Germany from China, Hong Kong, Macau, South Korea, Japan, Iran and Italy are required to complete so-called passenger locator forms (PLFs) before leaving the aircraft, providing information on the flight and on where they can be contacted for for the next 30 days after arrival. The PLFs are handed out by the crew during the flight. The passenger locator cards are stored at the Frankfurt Health Department and may be used for contacting the respective passengers, if required.
Hello people in the crisis, yes, I am also one of them stuck into the house feeling bored. These days are too boring to deal with.
We can’t go out freely to enjoy culture like concert, clubbing, drinking out, or even eating out, right? All the store is recommended to close at the best which made me sad. I had my birthday few days ago but could not do anything special on the day thanks to Coronavirus!
I needed to do something to distract me from thinking negative.
So, I have found things to do instead, then you know what that is? It is buying stuffs online! haha yes it is nothing special but essential to be done in the crisis to get consumable goods at least.
Then I got a new laptop for me in reasonable price by otto. My old laptop has been used for 8-9 years by me and it is truly getting broken which I could recently feel about.
I was surprised that delivery was so fast which cant expect in Germany. Also, in the pandemic situation, all the online orders should be delayed than expected. But this one wasn’t. Anyway, I am just glad!
I was hesitating between HP and this one, but HP took too long time for waiting to get it. So I finally chose ASUS and I loved the design and cheap price. I am writing this post with the new laptop, so fat so good!
To briefly let you know what I feel about the product, Processor of this laptop has AMD Ryzen 3 3200U which is not bad at all compared to its price around 400 EUR! Also, double sound stereo is quite good to hear music or movie which you might feel it has high quality of it.
I think I got such a good deal in otto. Yeaaaaah-!
In the evening on the day, I took a bubble foot bath with my book. The Book is about investments and worldwide economy which I am recently getting interested in. It was the perfect day ever among these recent days.
But seriously, I hope this world health crisis and related quarantine situation would end up very soon. I do not want to see news everyday about more and more infected cases. I do wish to hear any better news about corona crisis in few days or weeks.
Stay strong, World! That is what we can do right now.
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The number of infections in Germany continues to increase, but not as quickly anymore – this is shown by the current information from the Robert Koch Institute. If the trend continues, this would confirm the effectiveness of the measures. (This message is no longer current, it is based on an incorrect number.)
The figures published by the Robert Koch Institute have now turned out to be incomplete, as the number of cases from several health offices over the weekend was not included in the statistics. A current article on the process can be found here.
In Germany, the rise in infections and deaths from the corona virus has slowed. The Robert Koch Institute reported 18,610 people infected on Sunday. In 1948 these were infections more than the day before.
On Saturday, however, the number of new cases increased by 2705 compared to the previous day. According to the institute, the number of deaths as a result of Covid-19 disease was 55 on Sunday. Here too there is an at least short-term positive trend: from Friday to Saturday, 15 people had succumbed to the disease, but only from Saturday to Sunday nine.
Already on late Saturday there had been reports that the number of infected had exceeded the 20,000 mark. These numbers were published by Johns Hopkins University. Their numbers and those that the Robert Koch Institute mentions in their reports have different origins.
Are the restrictions effective?
Johns Hopkins University in the United States does not have any official bodies to report every day. The researchers search for publicly available sources on the Internet and take the latest figures there. These are websites, but also Twitter accounts from authorities and organizations, or numbers that an Internet community of medical professionals in China determines, as well as reports from local media. That is why the Johns Hopkins numbers are usually a little ahead of the Robert Koch Institute numbers. The Robert Koch Institute reported the numbers of the various health departments.
Regardless of the absolute amount of the numbers and their difference, the development seems positive: if the number of infections continues to decrease over the next few days, this would be an important signal. It would show that the sometimes drastic restrictions on public life in Germany are having an effect.
People are getting crazy with doing massive consuming because they got scared of Coronavirus Pandemic Crisis. Even though German Government announced that we do not have any problem on supply line in grocery or drug store for consumable goods, it does seem citizen in Germany are not actually listening.
Look at the picture that I took by myself in dm which is one of drug stores in Germany! Totally empty. I just wanted to get one women’s hygienic products and room diffuser aroma oil. But you know what, everything related to cleaning and hygienic area is gone a while ago, followed by clerks working in there.
What is more, I felt truly bad when I was shocked standing in front of the stall. There was an old man next to me murmuring and shaking his body. He must be so weak and need to get helped in somehow. It seemed that he was on a rush trying to get alternatives products instead, as what he needed to get was already empty. This is such a tragedy, I mean it.
I do not know who keeps doing this shit (I have no one doing such things around me.) I couldn’t help myself but think about it the whole night with depressed feeling.
So whoever those people are, this is not a joke. Please stop harming others with what you are doing unnecessarily. Think about society in terms of togetherness, if you realize you are not living the world alone.
You know that we have to get it through with the effort from everyone!
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It’s a time to support community members. File photo: DPA
Across Germany, grassroots movements are springing up to help people during this tough time. Here are some of them, as well as some helpful resources.
Who might need help?
Germany has urged people to avoid social contact as much as possible and new, wide-ranging measures, such as church services being banned and non-essential shops closing, mean that life has changed drastically.
There are a few groups of people who are especially affected by the coronavirus outbreak.
People who are in the groups shown to be at highest risk from COVID-19 – the elderly and those with certain pre-existing conditions – may also be choosing to stay at home in a bid to limit social contact, and this could last a while.
Lots of people are helping out their families and neighbours by offering to pick up groceries.
It’s also possible to order items online, but for many shops delivery times are currently longer than normal due to high demand.
In Germany you can also pick up prescription medicines for someone else if you have the prescription (das Rezept) from the doctor.
People who have the virus (or flu/cold like symptoms) have been told to stay at home and self-isolate (if they do not require hospital care). Others returning from high-risk countries have also been urged to self-quarantine for 14 days after arriving back in Germany.
That means they may need help having groceries, medicines, or other essentials delivered during this time.
And small businesses are especially vulnerable to the negative economic impacts of the outbreak, while many workers in the hard-hit tourism industry have been laid off.
We searched for groups and reached out on social media asking people to flag up any projects they’d come across in their area.
Look out for the hashtags #Coronahilfe, #Nachbarschaftshilfe and #Nachbarschaftschallenge (neighbourhood help/neighbourhood challenge) for other local initiatives.
One thing to keep in mind: if you need help or you are interested in volunteering and go through groups, please use caution. While the majority of offers of help are likely to be genuine, it’s possible that scammers will exploit the opportunity. When looking on social media, try to check that the person’s profile is genuine and get some information about them before sending them a payment, for example.
You can find some recommended local groups from readers in this Facebook post.
It may also be worth finding some other community-based Facebook groups as the situation means we are all spending a lot more time indoors and maybe more time alone than usual.
There are groups for people in different cities, or with specific interests, where you could offer to help or simply find people to chat to.
Here’s some initiatives that may be useful:
Solidarische Nachbarschaftshilfe provides a comprehensive list of self-organised neighbourhood structures across the country which are providing aid during the corona crisis, especially in supporting individuals who belong to risk groups.
Inspired by ‘Das Corona Update’ podcast (see below), Against the Virus has been launched under the banner that we all must help each other so that we can get through the coronavirus in the best possible way. The group says that, in order to help the most needy, the gap between digital and analogue must be bridged, and this is exactly what they are trying to do.Offering a number of different services, the establishment has generated an online form which people can fill in and adapt so that they can offer help to others. Another website launched with the goal of connecting the helpful and those in need in Berlin is CoronaPort. Developed by teenager Noah Adler, the website allows you to leave information such as where you live and either what you need or what you can do.
People who cannot rely on family or friends, especially those who belong to risk groups, rely on outside help. The page facilitates “extended neighbourhood assistance” in Berlin.
Co-Tasker – a Berlin-based startup founded last month – have altered the services that they are providing through their platforms in order to help those who are most at risk in the capital. There is a free app, available to downloaded from the App Store and Google Play.
The initial notion that the company was built upon was the idea that users were able to post tasks that they need help with and other users can apply for these tasks, using their specific skills and earning money in return.
Individuals who are at risk during the crisis can include #atrisk in their task description and after their task is done the organisation will refund the service fees.
Queer Relief Covid-19 is a Berlin-based group coordinating those who want to offer help and those who are immunocompromised, chronically ill, asthmatic or elderly. The queer community effort offers priority to people belonging to marginalised groups. You can fill in the form to help here.
People across social media have also been flagging up various ways of supporting your community. Look out for other posts on the hashtags we mentioned above (there may be some others, too).
Some helpful resources
Corona Aktivisten Düsseldorf is a newly founded organisation with the goal of providing help and support during the coronavirus crisis through online media platforms.
The group is producing various courses and sessions which are then shown through Instagram Live. A representative informed us, however, that they are flexible to changing their platform depending on user demand.
Initially, the organisation provided yoga and meditation videos yet over time they are expanding to focus on lots of other topics. They have featured videos with specialists.
In addition, they have recently started broadcasting videos on topics such as advice on working from home, cooking tips and crafting for children.
Corona Aktivisten Düsseldorf have also been taking their work away from the digital spheres and working on neighbourhood support initiatives.
The organisation told us that they took the plunge in a bid to offer help.
“We just want people to stand together and help each other,” they told us.
Das Corona Update is a podcast by NDR with Prof Dr Christian Drosten, the head of virology at the Berlin Charité. They have already produced 14 episodes focusing on various aspects around the coronavirus that people need to know.
The aim of the podcast is to inform as many people as possible, as well as possible – without spreading unnecessary panic. It’s in German so could help you brush up on your language skills, too.
The podcast asks questions such as: “What is the current research track? What new insights are there about infection and the course of the disease? Is the excitement for the new virus appropriate? And: How are the researchers doing these days personally?”
What else can you do?
Think about supporting small businesses and artists with donations or by purchasing items or services online.
Restaurants have to close at 6pm at the moment, but in many states they are allowed to provide delivery and food-to-go so you could support them.
And remember to limit your social contact. Activist Raul Krauthausen recently posted on Instagram stories of younger people who are also in risk groups who can be seriously affected by coronavirus.
It’s a time to think of others and listen to those most affected, as well as follow government advice.
Criminals are currently coming up with new ways to steal from people in the Corona crisis. On the phone, fraudsters pretend to be relatives who are sick.
For more than 20 years, the so-called grandson trick has been one of the most successful scams – in the age of the corona virus, criminals are now using it in a new form. This was announced by the State Criminal Police Office of Baden-Württemberg (LKA).
Grandchildren’s tricks usually work in such a way that criminals search for and call old-fashioned first names in the phone book. They try to engage their mostly elderly victims in a conversation. They pretend to be relatives, acquaintances or police officers and demand money that the victim should hand over to a middleman or put in a supposedly safe place.
The State Criminal Police Office is now reporting a new trick in connection with the corona virus: criminals act as if they are relatives infected with the corona virus and need financial support for the treatment. They would ask their victims for money and other valuables that an alleged friend would pick up for them.
The LKA advises that “Never give money or valuables to unknown people,” said LKA President Ralf Michelfelder. Also, details about family or financial circumstances should not be spoken to unknown callers. If you suspect fraud, you should contact the police under 110.
In order to track down possible fraudsters on the phone, the LKA advises:
to ask the supposed relatives for his name. You shouldn’t get involved in guessing games
to call back on the phone number that you have from your relative,
asking about things or experiences that only the relative knows.
The Berlin police also know of such cases and have already warned of the scam on Twitter. She asked that family members be made aware of this. On the phone, you should be suspicious if the caller doesn’t give his name or if you don’t immediately recognize the alleged relative.
You shouldn’t let yourself be put under pressure and tell other close relatives if someone calls for money or other valuables on the phone.
Women ring the doorbell – the resident is said to be infected. In addition to the grandchildren trick, fraudsters use other meshes in the corona crisis: According to a police report, two young women in Düren in North Rhine-Westphalia tried to use a trick to gain access to an apartment. So they rang the doorbell of an apartment building, and the 68-year-old resident opened the door.
The women “claimed to know that the resident had been infected with the corona virus,” the police wrote. You would have given to come to the apartment for “further examinations”. However, the resident did not respond and instead called the police, the women escaped.
Essen: Alleged breathing mask sale In Essen, an 85-year-old police received a call from a man who claimed to be a health official and wanted to sell her respirators. The woman did not fall for it and ended the call.
The Essen police also warned against letting strangers into the apartment who pretend to disinfect them. Caution should also be exercised with strangers who offer help with shopping.
Online criminals are also trying to profit from the crisis: the LKA Baden-Württemberg warns against so-called fake shops on online platforms. These would often pretend to sell respirators or disinfectants, but would not deliver them after receiving the money.
Freelancers and small companies are getting hit especially hard by the corona crisis. DER SPIEGEL has learned that the federal government is planning a massive financial aid package. It would mark the end of Germany’s balanced budget policy.
The German federal government is planning a massive bailout program for individual freelancers and small companies with up to 10 employees in Germany that have been hard-hit by the coronavirus crisis, DER SPIEGEL has learned. The government wants to provide a total of 40 billion euros. Ten billion would be given as direct grants to ailing one-person operations and small businesses. The remaining 30 billion would be given in the form of loans. The amount and composition of the aid could still change in the course of the day.
German Finance Minister Olaf Scholz wants to organize a special government fund that the self-employed can turn to for loans.
Plans for the “solidarity fund” are currently being worked out by experts at the Finance and Economic Ministries.
Because the fund is backed with the federal government’s solid creditworthiness, it can borrow money at low interest rates and also pass those savings on to freelancers and businesses hit by the crisis. The program would also mark the point at which Germany departs from its policy of annual balanced federal budgets. After years of budget surpluses, the German government no longer has authorization to borrow for the federal budget, so a special supplementary budget would be required. The aim of the program is to distribute money fast and with as little red tape as possible.The government wants to provide 10 billion euros in direct grants and an addition 30 billion in the form of loans.
The government also plans to check afterward whether beneficiaries actually needed the aid. In the case of direct grants, that money could be converted into a loan if the freelancer or company is deemed not to have needed the aid. This would allow the government to ensure that any money that has been distributed without justification is paid back.
Chancellor Angela Merkel’s special corona crisis cabinet is expected to discuss the measures on Thursday afternoon. The programs are needed because freelancers and the smallest businesses are unlikely to be able to tap the financial aid presented last week by Finance Minister Scholz and Economics Minister Peter Altmaier. Germany is home to up to 5 million freelancers. Many have lost all of their work in recent weeks due to the coronavirus. Freelancers working in performance and the arts have been especially hard-hit.
Cafes are still open, like this one in Berlin. Photo: DPA
The German government wants to avoid imposing a forced curfew in the fight against coronavirus. But is urging people to cut down on social contact enough?
On Wednesday morning, the Robert Koch Institute for public health said up to 10 million people in Germany could contract coronavirus in the coming months if social contact was not reduced.
“If we don’t manage to sustainably and effectively reduce contact between people over a matter of weeks, then it is possible we will have up to 10 million cases within two to three months,” said RKI president Lothar Wieler.
Although some places are undoubtedly quieter, the hustle and bustle continues in many streets, parks and cafes across the country. And it begs the question: is Germany doing enough by trying to reason with people to encourage social distancing?
Or will the government look at more extreme measures such as forced quarantine or curfew (Ausgangssperre) currently being used in nearby countries Italy, France and Spain?
What exactly is Germany doing?
In order to stem the spread of the coronavirus, public life in Germany is largely at a standstill. The country has introduced strict border controls with five countries and the EU has closed its borders to foreigners.
On Monday the federal government agreed with the 16 states a set of widespread measures. Although there are some small differences between states, the restrictions include a ban on religious services, while non-essential shops have to close.
Supermarkets, banks and pharmacies are among the shops allowed to stay open, while bars, clubs, swimming pools and cinemas have been told to close. Restaurants have to close by 6pm.
Schools and daycare centres also closed while events have been banned.
The government has repeatedly urged people to socially distance themselves from each other, stay at home as much as possible and not go on holiday.
There have even been calls from politicians and the RKI urging residents not to hold “corona parties” – gatherings held in homes or outside between lots of people because bars and other public places are currently shut.
Empty seating in Mannheim this week. Photo: DPA
Is Germany’s strategy working?
It’s still too early to tell.
The RKI said it now plans to use anonymised mobile phone data provided by Deutsche Telekom to check whether the public is keeping to the new measures. This will help experts analyse infection rates.
“The data will show us if the mobility of the population as a whole has gone down,” said Wieler. “That’s important…because we need to know why infection rates have increased or decreased.”
The government has also urged states to prepare an emergency plan for dealing with coronavirus patients, saying hotels and corridors could be cleared and used for treatment.
What are other European countries doing?
In Belgium a strict curfew came into force at 12 noon on Wednesday which means until April 5th, residents will only be allowed to leave their homes for essential reasons, such as food shopping, health-related errands or assisting someone in need.
Spain, Italy, Denmark and France have also declared similar lockdowns, which means citizens are only able to leave their house or apartment in special circumstances, such as for work, for food shopping, to visit a doctor or for other urgent matters.
Does Germany need to turn to more extreme measures?
Politicians have repeatedly said these kinds of restrictions, which rely on coercive measures and control rather than people taking personal responsibility, are a last resort.
North Rhine-Westphalia (NRW) premier Armin Laschet called on people to follow the current guidelines so that an enforced quarantine could be avoided.
“A curfew is avoidable if we stay home,” he said on Wednesday, adding that a lockdown was not out of the question.
NRW is the worst-hit German state, with almost 4,000 of the total German cases.
There have been suggestions curfews would come into force across the country at different times depending on how badly the state is affected.
Experts are also divided.
The virologist Jonas Schmidt-Chanasit said the government needed to examine its own situation rather than look to other countries.
“We must take the appropriate measures for Germany,” said Schmidt-Chanasit. “The health system, the structures, the cultural backgrounds are different.”
In contrast, Lars Schaade, Vice President of the RKI, said “anything that puts distance between people is good.”
Chairman of the World Medical Association, Frank Ulrich Montgomery, said he wasn’t in favour of forced curfews.
“Anyone who imposes such a ban has to also explain when and how they will lift it,” said Montgomery.
Montgomery argued in the Rheinische Post newspaper that Italy’s lockdown had not achieved the desired effect of slowing down the virus spread.
An empty U-Bahn train in Munich on Monday. Photo: DPA
The Social Democrat’s Katarina Barley said curfews should be a last resort.
Barley told the radio station Bayern2 that the most important thing was to avoid social contact.
“If people stick to that, we don’t need curfews. However, if it continues in this way, that there are some who behave irresponsibly at the expense of those who are particularly vulnerable, the elderly, the chronically ill, then we will not get around it in Germany either,” said the Vice-President of the EU Parliament.
The conservative Christian Democrat’s interior policy expert Armin Schuster said he expected lockdown measures to be introduced in Germany, but at different times depending on the state.
He welcomed the that Bavaria had declared a ‘disaster’ situation, which allows the state’s authorities to push through new restrictions faster, including possibly asking the German Armed Forces (Bundeswehr) for assistance.
“In critical situations it is better to step on the brakes fully,” Shuster said.
How can Germany enforce a curfew?
According to Business Insider, the government is examining the legal basis for a possible curfew, which would force Germany’s some 80 million residents to stay inside.
However, the implementation of curfews is the responsibility of the individual states and that means local governments would have to prepare.
From a legal point of view, a general curfew is likely to be a sensitive issue.
“The big question is whether the legal situation is sufficient to impose a blanket curfew on the entire population or whether the Bundestag will have to ‘amend’ it,” Dr. Ulrich Karpenstein of the Redeker Law Firm told Business Insider.
According to a government spokesman, Merkel will not announce new measures in her television address on Wednesday night. She instead wants to appeal to the public to adhere to the restrictions already in place.
But the situation is changing rapidly and if calls for social distancing don’t work, it looks like forcing people to stay at home may come down the line.
Well, I have expected this festival since few weeks ago, and I couldn’t wait to be there soon. But yes, as we all expected, all the festival and event for crowded people are being cancelled due to corona crisis. Germany is not exceptional, of course.
This festival is held in indoor and outdoor, however, it decided to be cancelled, as it is anyway gathering people up into certain spots.
Detailed reason is as below..
Messe Frankfurt, in close cooperation with the Frankfurt Health Authority, has decided to cancel Luminale at short notice. It was to be held in Frankfurt and Offenbach from 12 to 15 March.
Due to the current requirements of the health authorities to prohibit major events with more than 1,000 participants, Messe Frankfurt, as organiser of Luminale, decided to cancel the Light Festival at short notice. The volatile situation and the dynamic spread of SARS-CoV-2, combined with the recommendation of the Robert Koch Institute to also take a critical view of events with well below 1,000 participants, led to this new assessment. Messe Frankfurt deeply regrets this short-term decision, but out of responsibility for the health of participants and visitors, no other decision was possible.
I am quite sad about it, but as all the German people say, yes it is better to be so. We have to put little bit of our effort to reduce infected cases of Coronavirus. People, Let’s overcome the crisis together.
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You do not also have to be nervous or anxious if you don’t fit the criteria for a job. Many people become dissuaded from applying for a job because they don’t meet all of the requirements. One question that I get asked regularly. How do I know if I can apply for a job, if I do not fit all required conditions?
There are two ways to decide if a job offer fits you.
1.It’s just Idealistic Requirements
First, realize that most job descriptions belong into the fantasy aisle of the book store. HR will list all imaginable skills for the “perfect” candidate. But nothing in our world is perfect. If the HR department did a good job, the skills and requirements are in declining order of importance.
If you meet more than a half of the requirements, Feel free to apply.
But be aware, The actual job requirements might be quite different from what you have read in the job description.
A while back I got a mail from one of my coaching clients: She sent me the link to a company that offered jobs in English. There were about 20 positions, from accounting to software development to sales. Every single job description was exactly the same…
2.Are you able to perform the job?
The second way. Ask yourself honestly.
If I get hired, can I actually perform this job and deliver the results expected?
One engineer told me the story of his first job in Germany. In the interview process he said “yes” every single time when the employer asked him if he knew a software or had worked with a tool.
He got the job, but on his first day at work it became immediately obvious that he couldn’t use any of the software mentioned. His colleagues made him cook coffee and copy documents.
Embarrassed, he quit after one week, and since then has been completely upfront about his skills and knowledge. (He has a very successful career in Germany now.)
So, the question you should answer yourself is: How will I actually perform my duties, even if I work in a German language environment, but speak only English?
Saying “I will figure it out” is nice attitude, but won’t convince a German manager. You will need to actually be able to explain this in detail. Step by step. If you can do that: Apply for the job! (No matter if it’s in English or German.)
As a matter of fact: Smart people will always find a way to overcome the language challenge. You use Google Translate, ask your colleagues or hire an intern who will translate for you during the first months.
And shouldn’t that be the real objective for an employer? To hire smart people who find solutions?
Companies, schools, major events: all facilities where many people meet must be closed. Otherwise there will be a health and economic meltdown.
If Germany were a nuclear power plant, a few red lights would be flashing frantically in the control center. An accident that threatens to meltdown. The operating company would shut down the power plant and everyone would find the decision right.
Germany is not a power plant, but the accident is there: Sars-CoV-2 has the potential to kill and trigger the economic meltdown. So it would be right to switch off now. It is better to switch to pause mode for a few weeks than to let the virus drive you towards collapse.
Of course, a state is more complex than a power plant and the consequences of a shutdown, a social shutdown, would be catastrophic. Companies would be forced into bankruptcy, the economy would plummet, and the private restrictions would be enormous. The economy could at least be stabilized with money from the state. But what happens epidemiologically, if no action is taken now, is revealed by a view over the Alps: a catastrophe of a completely different magnitude.
Ten days ago, the situation in Italy was about the same as it is in Germany at the moment, numerous cases, but the public life continued little. Many hospitals are now completely overloaded. Doctors will soon have to decide who gets help and who they let die. You can no longer take care of everyone.
It is up to politicians to prevent such emergencies. Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Wednesday that “the necessary” would be done in Germany. This statement can be checked soon. Because if the number of newly infected people does not decrease in a few days, we know that what has to be done has obviously not been done. But we shouldn’t wait that long.
Biological facts are currently delaying decision making. Today’s number of infected people only reflects how the virus has spread over the past week. How the pathogen is currently raging, whether the isolated school closings, the ordered and self-imposed quarantines, increased hand hygiene and cancellations of major events will be of any use, can only be judged in a few days based on the number of new infections. This is the average time between infection and the onset of the disease. In addition, there are the days until the official diagnosis.
At least at the moment Germany is not doing badly. A drastic procedure is necessary to keep it that way and to reduce the number of people newly infected every day. Companies, schools, universities, all facilities in which many people meet every day must be closed, at the latest as soon as an infection is found there. Finally, public transport must also be considered, after all, the largest daily mass event that has not yet been canceled.
How easy it is to play the virus still depends not only on political decisions. Everyone can take responsibility, avoid infection-prone places, pay attention to hygiene and distance from others. Whoever protects himself from the pathogen cannot pass it on.
Number of coronavirus cases in Germany soars to more than 1,000
Local German authorities on Monday reported the first two deaths from coronavirus as confirmed infections in the country have reached 1,112 according to the Robert Koch Institute (RKI).
The Health Ministry in the state of North Rhine-Westphalia confirmed that a patient in the state’s northwestern district of Heinsberg died from the virus, he got infected couple attended carnival festivities there, a 78-year-old man died of heart failure.
In the northwestern city of Essen, a 89-year-old woman also died from coronavirus less than a week after she was diagnosed, according to the officials.
The country’s disease control agency RKI announced on Monday that the confirmed coronavirus cases in the country rose to 1,112, up from 902 on Sunday.
In Germany, more than 1150 people are infected with Covid19. The first German citizen was killed by the virus during a trip abroad. And the Coronavirus brings down the DAX Index in Frankfurt.
A German tourist in Egypt died of the respiratory disease caused by the Coronavirus on Sunday. He is the first German national to be killed by the virus during this crisis. At the same time this is the first Coronavirus death on the African continent.
Death in Hurghada
A few days ago, the 60-year-old man had traveled to the Red Sea resort of Hurghada from Luxor, the Egyptian authorities said. On Friday, he had been taken to a hospital with high temperature and tested positive. According to the information from Egypt, his condition worsened until he died on Sunday.
In spite of the fact that the number of confirmed Coronavirus cases is high in Germany, so far nobody inside the country has died as a result, as far as the health authorities can tell. The very first patient of the second wave, a 47-year-old man in North Rhine-Westphalia, had been in critical condition until his condition improved.
Police Officer Infected
The official number of Covid 19 infections in Germany was 1151 in the early afternoon on Monday. More than 500 of them were confirmed in North Rhine-Westphalia, while Bavaria had more than 250 and Baden-Württemberg reported 200 cases.
The city state of Berlin had 48 Coronavirus cases. Two of the infected are police officers. During the weekend, the police department said 35 of the patients’ colleagues had been sent into quarantine. What this means is that Berlin’s overburdened police will be even busier. If this is the first of more cases of this kind, the implications will likely be difficult to deal with.
Difficult Disease Process
Out of Berlin’s 48 Coronavirus patients, at least four are being treated at the Vivantes Clinic Neukölln and the Charité Virchow Clinic. The city state’s Health Senator Dilek Kalayci said on Monday, it was unclear how much the Coronavirus would spread in Berlin. It was important to interrupt infection chains, she stressed.
Berlin is trying to purchase protective clothing for doctors and helpers as well as surgical masks and disinfection fluid. Because the rest of the world is doing so as well, including the German government, the task is not easy. Further south, in Bavaria, two patients are not well, according to the local health authorities. One of them is an elderly man, the other one had a pre-existing condition.
On Sunday night, Germany’s federal government discussed the implications of the Coronavirus crisis for the economy and ways to help mid-sized and small companies cope with the ramifications. During the weekend, ministers had hinted money was not an issue, because recent fiscal revenues had been much higher than anticipated.
Chancellor Angela Merkel, Finance Minister Olaf Scholz, Health Minister Jens Spahn, Foreign Minister Heiko Maas and the leaders of the three coalition parties CDU, CSU and SPD took part in the deliberations. They agreed to a number of measures. For instance, it will be easier to receive short-time compensation.
In addition, an investment package worth billions of Euro was approved. The government will increase its expenditure by 3.1 billion Euro (3.5 billion Dollars or 2.7 billion Pounds) from 2012 to 2024 and “create priorities” with a total volume of 12.4 billion Euro (14.2 billion Dollars or 10.8 billion Pounds).
On Monday morning, the virus crisis lead to a Black Monday at the Frankfurt Stock Exchange. At one point, the DAX Index slumped by more than 8 percent. Things did not look much better at other European stock exchanges.
More Schools and Kindergartens Close
Beforehand, Spahn had said he believed all events for more than 1000 people needed to be cancelled, in all of Germany. Some soccer matches with large audiences and Women’s Day protests did take place last weekend. A large soccer match in Stuttgart is scheduled to go ahead today.
In Brandenburg, Rhineland-Palatinate and other federal states, more kindergartens and schools will be closed this week. In some of these cases, the measure was taken due to the general danger of infections. In others, they were more specific, because employed teachers were in contact with infected people.
A Thousand Cases in 13 Days
An entire hospital was closed in the town of Zerbst in Saxony-Anhalt, the only federal state that has not had any Coronavirus cases so far. A doctor from Saxony, who works for that clinic at times, was tested positive. Therefore the authorities closed down the entire establishment.
The second Coronavirus wave in Germany commenced on February 25th with two infected persons. On March 1st there were 100 cases, on March 4th 260, and on March 6th Germany confirmed more than 600 Covid19 infections. Now there are more than 1000.
Once you have been living and working in Germany on a temporary residence permit for a certain amount of time, you are entitled to apply for a permanent settlement permit. This type of residence permit, as the name suggests, grants you the right to remain in Germany indefinitely and gives you free access to the labor market.
Types of permanent residence permits
Although they are almost identical, there are actually two types of permanent residence permits in Germany. Your personal situation and travel requirements will determine which one is most suitable for you.
Permanent settlement permit
This type of permanent residence permit enables you to live and work in Germany for an unrestricted amount of time. It is available to anyone who has been living in Germany for five years on a temporary residence permit and fulfils other basic requirements. Certain categories of people (see below) may be able to obtain their permanent settlement permits much sooner.
Permanent residence permit for the European Community
The qualifying conditions for this permanent residence permit are very similar to those for the permanent settlement permit. The main difference is that this type of residence permit also gives the holder freedom of movement (and the right to temporary residence) within all European Union member states.
General requirements for the permanent residence permit
Anyone who wants to apply for a permanent residence permit in Germany needs to fulfil certain basic conditions:
You have held a (temporary) residence permit for 4 years. (New regulated version as of March 2020, Check here.)
Your subsistence is secure, i.e. you are able to support yourself without benefit payments.
You have made contributions to a statutory pension scheme for at least 48 months or can provide evidence of a comparable old-age provision.
You are permitted to be in employment and hold the necessary permit.
You have sufficient living space for yourself and your family.
You do not have a criminal record.
Note that holders of a residence permit for the purpose of studying are not eligible to apply for a permanent settlement permit. You must first complete your studies and apply for a workers’ residence permit before you can apply for permanent residency.
Categories entitled to special provisions
If you belong to one of the following categories of people, you may be able to obtain your permanent residence permit in less than four years. Note that this only applies to the German permanent settlement permit and not the permanent residence permit for the European Community.
EU Blue Card holders
If you are in possession of an EU Blue Card and fulfil all general requirements, you can receive a permanent residence permit after 33 months. You must have remained in employment and made contributions to the statutory pension scheme for the entirety of that period.
If you have sufficient knowledge of the German language (defined as being educated to level B1), you can receive the permanent residence permit after 21 months.
Graduates of German universities
If you have completed your studies at a German university, you can apply for a permanent settlement permit after two years, provided you have a job related to your degree. As well as fulfilling the general requirements, you also need to have made contributions to the statutory pension scheme (or a comparable alternative) for at least 24 months.
Workers who are deemed “highly-qualified” and fulfil the general requirements may be granted a permanent settlement permit immediately. Professions that fit into this category are:
Researchers with special technical expertise.
Teaching or scientific personnel in prominent positions.
You may need approval from the Federal Employment Agency to apply for a permanent settlement permit as a highly-qualified professional.
If you are self-employed, you are entitled to a permanent settlement permit after three years. To qualify. you must have a valid residence permit for self-employment and have realized the purpose of your residence permit (i.e. successfully set up your business). You will also need to prove that you have the financial stability to support yourself indefinitely.
Note that the German tax system legally distinguishes between freelance and commercial activities. Freelancers do not qualify for this reduced period.
Applying for a permanent residence permit
To submit your permanent settlement permit application, you will need an appointment at your local foreigners’ office (Ausländerbehörde). You can find your local office on the website for the Federal Office for Migration and Refugees. Depending on your location, it is not always possible to schedule this appointment in advance.
Permanent settlement permit application forms
You need to bring a completed application form with you to the appointment. This can usually be downloaded from your foreigners’ office’s website. Alternatively, the office will be able to give you a paper copy.
The documents you need for your permanent settlement application depends on your personal situation. Your foreigners’ office will be able to inform you of the exact requirements but the necessary paperwork usually includes:
Completed application form
Biometric photo taken in the last six months
Registration certificate including a proof of residence (Wohnungsgeberbestätigung)
Proof of health insurance
Proof of sufficient German language skills (e.g. certificate of completion of integration course)
Audit report form filled in by tax consultant for Chamber of Commerce
At the appointment, an official will check over all your documents before submitting your application. As long as all the necessary conditions are met, your application will usually be successful and your permanent residence permit issued.
The foreigners’ office will write to you to let you know when the permit is ready for you to collect. If for any reason your application is unsuccessful, you will be informed in writing and be given the chance to lodge an appeal.
Permanent residence permit costs
The cost of applying for a permanent settlement permit varies according to your personal circumstances. The fee for a general settlement permit is usually 135 euros. If you are self-employed or classified as highly-skilled, the fee may be higher.
Expiration of permanent residency
If you leave Germany for a period of more than six months, your permanent settlement permit will expire. If you hold an EU permanent residence permit, it will expire after a 12-month stay outside the European Union.
Whilst having permanent residency status brings many advantages, it does not give you certain rights enjoyed by those who have German citizenship. For instance, a permanent settlement permit does not enable to you to vote in elections or have a German passport. If you have lived in Germany for more than eight years, you may choose to apply for German citizenship instead.
Getting German Citizenship is one of the top questions we get so we have decided to summarize the information for those who are willing to get started.
The German Foreign Office quite ominously warns on its website that “German citizenship law is relatively complicated” and that they can only answer “the issues which currently dominate the inquiries”.
Becoming a German will probably mean renouncing your current citizenship, but there’s also the option to gain permanent residency. Find out what works for you.
What does it mean to have German Citizenship?
When you are living in Germany only as a permanent resident, you do not qualify as a citizen of Germany. This puts some restrictions in your status, and that is why so many permanent residents of Germany seek to get citizenship.
Having German citizenship gives you rights and freedoms that non-citizens do not have. You will have these opportunities as a German citizen:
The right to vote
The right of free movement
The right of assembly and association
The right of consular protection
Unrestricted access to find a job in Germany
The right to become a civil servant, etc.
Besides the rights as per the German constitution, you will also have the obligations and duties that each German citizen has. This includes the integration in society, respect for and obedience of all laws, and even German military service.
Types of German Citizenship
Becoming a German citizen is not possible under all circumstances. There are three general instances that can lead to you getting German citizenship.
By right of blood or in Latin Jus Sanguinis
By right of soil or in Latin Jus Soli
Getting citizenship by naturalization implies that you have fulfilled certain requirements that the German government has set and you qualify to apply for German citizenship. The other type, by right of blood or Jus Sanguinis means that you get German citizenship if you are a direct descendant of German citizens. This includes only your parents and no other relatives. By right of soil or Jus Soli means that you are born within the borders of Germany, so in German soil and that is how you get your citizenship.
All people with the exception of EU, EEA, or Swiss nationals, must fulfill requirements and fall into one of these categories for getting German citizenship.
Despite these three instances being quite straightforward, each one of them has its own rules and regulations, which we will discuss further.
German naturalization means that after a certain period of living in Germany as a permanent resident, you apply to become a citizen. There are many restrictions and requirements for obtaining naturalization, so not everyone can get it.
German Citizenship Requirements for Naturalization
The requirements that you need to fulfill in order to qualify for naturalization are as follows:
You must have lived in Germany on a residence permit for at least 8 years, or
You must have lived in Germany on a residence permit for 7 years and attended an integration course (this becomes 6 years on special integration circumstances)
You must prove German language proficiency of at least B1
You must be financially able to support yourself and your family without any help from the state
You must be a law-abiding citizen with no criminal record
You must pass a citizenship test
You must renounce any previous citizenships
Your residence records are in the government system so that will be an easy requirement to fulfill. For financial stability, you can submit bank statements and other documents, which state your financial situation. In addition, you must give up all previous citizenships, except if the other country does not allow it or it is impossible to give it up. This is the case with many countries in conflict, such as Syria.
One of the most important requirements in this case, which you must prove through testing is your language proficiency. You can prove that you know German up to the B1 level required by the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages, by providing any of these documents:
A German language certificate such as the Zertifikat Deutsch
A certification that you have obtained through an integration course, such as the “DTZ – German test for immigrants”
A certificate which proves you have completed a German secondary school
Admissions proof in a German upper secondary school
A certificate which proves you have completed at least 4 years of school in German with a passing grade
Proof of completion of higher education degrees in German
If you do not have any document, which proves your language proficiency, you can complete a government language test administered by your citizenship authority. Either way, you must know German in order to be eligible for naturalization or any other type of German citizenship.
How to apply for German Citizenship Naturalization?
If you can prove that you meet all the requirements for naturalization, you can begin your application process. All persons over the age of 16 are obliged to apply. Parents and legal guardians of children under 16 years old apply for them. The steps to applying for naturalization are as follows:
Get an application form
Since Germany is a big country, each state and place has their immigration office to apply for naturalization. To begin the process, you must get a naturalization application form from one of the following places:
The local immigration office
If you live in an urban area, go to the city council
If you live in a German district, go to the regional district office
The town council or any other local authorities
Fill the application form and start compiling a file with all documents, which prove you meet the requirements.
Pass the German Citizenship Test
To prove that you are ready to gain German citizenship, you must pass the citizenship test. This test includes 33 multiple choice questions on German living, society, rules, and laws, as well as questions specific to the place you live. The test takes one hour and you must answer at least 17 questions correctly to pass the test. When you pass the test, you will get a naturalization certificate, which you can add to your document file.
To prepare for the test, you can take an integration course, use the practice test options of the Federal Office for Migration and Refugees, or simply read more information on German life and laws.
The German citizenship test costs EUR 25, and the local naturalization office in your area can tell you where your nearest test center is so you can register. You need to bring a form of ID on the test day.
You can be exempt from the naturalization test if you belong to any of these groups:
You cannot take the test due to old age, illness, or disability
You are under 16 years old
You have a higher education degree from a German university in politics, law, or social sciences
Pay the naturalization fees
There are also certain fees associated with applying for German citizenship through naturalization. These are the fees you must pay:
Application form for 255 Euros for adults
Application form for 51 Euros for children under 16 years old
Naturalization/Citizenship test for 25 Euros
Citizenship certificate for 25 Euros
Submit all documents
Take the documents which prove you meet naturalization requirements, your application form, the receipts that you have paid all fees, and your naturalization certificate to the office from which you have taken the application form. The officers will go through your case and if approved, you will get the citizenship certificate. The certificate now proves that you are a citizen of Germany and not just a permanent resident.
German Citizenship by Marriage
People who qualify for naturalization are not only those who have had permanent residence in Germany for a specified period of time. If you marry a German citizen you can also get citizenship by applying for naturalization.
Foreign nationals who are already married to a German national must still meet all naturalization requirements and pass the test. However, they should also meet the marriage requirements. This means that the foreign national spouse cannot apply for naturalization unless, the couple has been married for at least two years and have lived in Germany for at least three years.
German Citizenship by Descent
The second type of German citizenship is by right of blood or Jus Sanguinis. This means that you have at least one German parent and it does not take into account whether you were born in Germany or not. You get the German citizenship by descent if your parents register you to the German authorities in the country you are born before you turn one year old. If your parents have different nationalities, you get the German citizenship; however, between the ages of 18 and 23 years old, you will have 5 years to decide which nationality you want to retain.
In addition, if your parents are divorced, then you can get German citizenship by descent only if your parent recognizes you as their legal child by the rules of German law.
You cannot get German citizenship if you were born in a foreign country and your German parents were also born in a foreign country after January 1st, 2000. This rule can be surpassed only if you as the child would be stateless if the German authorities did not accept you and give you a German citizenship. In addition, you cannot claim German citizenship through any other ancestors except your parents, including German citizenship through grandparents.
Another instance where you can get German citizenship through ancestry is if you were adopted by German citizens as a child under 18 years old.
German citizenship by Birth
If you do not have German parents, but are born within the borders of Germany, you qualify for citizenship by birth or by right of soil. This is also the Jus Soli citizenship. You can get this type of citizenship on the following conditions:
If at least one of your parents has lived in Germany for at least 8 years before the birth of the child
If at the time the child is born, one of the parents had a permanent residence permit
In getting this type of citizenship, the child will again have to choose the citizenship of the parents or the citizenship of Germany between the ages of 18 and 23 years old. The child must give up the nationalities of the parents in order to get the German one, or apply for dual citizenship.
Only children born after February 2nd, 1990, have the right to get this type of citizenship.
Why isn’t everyone with symptoms tested for coronavirus? Do general practitioners know what to do? There is currently a lot of criticism of the authorities’ actions. Everything important about the test procedure.
The number of confirmed infections with the new coronavirus is currently increasing in Germany: on March 2 there were still 150 cases, on March 5 (as of 8:00 a.m.) there were already 349.
But how many undiscovered diseases are there in this country? Not everyone who scratches their throat can currently be tested for an infection with Sars-CoV-2. That would not make sense either, because the likelihood that a common cold or the onset of flu causes the symptoms is much higher – and the tests are expensive and the possibilities are limited.
Nevertheless, many people with colds are wondering whether they shouldn’t be tested for the corona virus. And are unsettled if they are not tested, but still should make sure that they do not infect anyone. How does that fit together?
At the moment, the responsible authorities are primarily focusing on preventing the spread of the coronavirus or at least slowing it down significantly. Many experts are now assuming that it will not be possible to contain the virus completely. That means: Probably a lot of people will become infected. The decisive factor is the period in which this happens.
The faster an outbreak runs, the more stressed – possibly overloaded – it places on the health system. As long as as few people as possible get Covid-19 at the same time, medical practices can cope with this, clinics have enough capacity to treat the seriously ill. In addition, several hundred people are still infected with the flu every day in Germany. Another goal is therefore to delay a major corona epidemic until the flu epidemic has subsided.
That is why it is important to keep a close eye on who has been infected. This is the only way to quickly find contact persons for those infected and place them under domestic quarantine so that they do not pass the virus on if they are actually infected.
How many tests are performed – and who should be tested?
Germany’s laboratories have capacities for around 12,000 corona tests per day, the National Association of Statutory Health Insurance Physicians (KBV) said on Tuesday. However, there are currently no reliable figures on how many tests have been carried out so far. According to the KBV, initial surveys – based on around 60 percent of the laboratories in the outpatient area – state that 10,700 people were tested in Germany last week alone. Around 130 cases were confirmed by the end of the week.
However, these figures are only really meaningful if the total number of tests carried out is known. This is important to see if the available resources, both material and personnel, are sufficient for a major outbreak. But also in order to gain better insights into the spread of Sars-CoV-2 through the ratio of positive to negative test results – those in which the virus was not detected.
According to the recommendation of the Robert Koch Institute (RKI), Sars-CoV-2 should be tested immediately:
who has cold symptoms and had contact with a confirmed Covid 19 case within the 14 days before the onset of the illness, or
who has cold complaints and has been in a risk area in the 14 days prior to the start of the complaints. Various provinces in China, Iran, Italy and South Korea are currently considered to be such. (A current list of risk areas can be found here.)
Apart from that, general practitioners can also order the test if someone has been in a region that is not officially considered a risk area, but in which the virus still spreads – for example in the district of Heinsberg in North Rhine-Westphalia. Contact with a person who is likely to be infected but is still lacking evidence can also be a reason for a test. It is always a prerequisite that those affected also show cold symptoms.
The health insurance companies have been covering the cost of the test since the end of February – if the treating doctor has decided that it is necessary. “Comprehensive tests of the clinically healthy – in the blue, so to speak – are medical nonsense,” said the head of the National Association of Statutory Health Insurance Physicians, Andreas Gassen. “The resources should be used in cases where there is a medically suspected suspicion.”
Long odyssey instead of quick tests
In recent days, however, there have also been problems with the clarification of such suspected cases, as readers report to SPIEGEL. Some describe odyssey where they are referred to the general practitioner by the health department, from there to the clinic, from there to number 116117 and from there back to the health department, which again saw the family doctor as responsible.
The same thing happened to SPIEGEL reporter Juan Moreno, who traveled to Italy to research the corona virus, right up to the border of the area that was declared a quarantine zone southeast of Milan. Back in Berlin he developed a slight cough, his nose was already running a little during the trip. Nevertheless, he only managed to get tested after countless phone calls – because he had personal contact with a doctor (read the whole story here).
Health Minister Jens Spahn (CDU) admitted on Wednesday that the fight against the rapid spread of the virus is currently not running optimally. “It sometimes takes too long before suspicious cases are tested,” he said. The responsible actors are under great pressure.
How general practitioners should deal with suspected corona
A guideline that the German Society for General Medicine and Family Medicine (Degam) published for its members on Tuesday is also intended to resolve uncertainty. If a patient reports for a possible coronavirus infection, the doctors should first clarify whether there is a reasonable suspicion, i.e. whether the patient was in contact with a Covid 19 patient or was in a risk area.
In addition, doctors are advised to only take the necessary samples for a test if they have the necessary protective clothing in practice. This is a problem in many places, because most of the clothing made in China has become a scarce commodity. If there is no protective clothing in the practice, doctors can contact the health department. The office is also responsible when patients call from home – and it is accordingly possible to take the samples during a home visit.
All patients are asked not to simply go to a family doctor’s office if they suspect coronavirus, but to call first.
Because if a test in a practice is positive, the practice could be temporarily closed by the responsible health authority for reasons of disease protection. This in turn would have consequences for the medical care of the local people – and not only of possible coronavirus cases, but above all of people with other health problems.
How to expand the test system in Germany
Various federal states are currently preparing for a major outbreak. The Ministry of Health in Schleswig-Holstein announced on Thursday (05/Mar/2020) that the test options outside the doctor’s office should be expanded. There should be more home visits without restricting the work of resident doctors.
In addition, contact points are to be created outside the practices – probably in the form of tents or containers. There should be cutbacks for the tests without the patients having to enter the waiting room. The aim is to reduce the risk of closed medical practices and to use protective clothing more efficiently
There has also been an alternative test option in southern Hesse since the weekend: The district clinic in Groß-Gerau is cutting back on the car window – a kind of drive-in for corona tests. The procedure offers great advantages for the clinic: suspected cases remained “in their own quarantine station”, so to speak, Managing Director Erika Raab. The healthcare professional who takes the smears should wear protective clothing. Other hospital staff and patients would not come into contact with the patient.
South Korea, which currently has to deal with one of the largest outbreaks worldwide, could serve as a model for Germany.
In the country, several cities have set up so-called corona drive-ins, in which drivers can be tested free of charge without having to get out. You will receive the result via SMS two days later.
In Germany, the number of confirmed Coronavirus infections now exceeds 200. About half of them were reported in North Rhine-Westphalia, where the second infection wave started only eight days ago.
On Monday of last week, Germany did not have a single confirmed Coronavirus case. By now there are more than 260. Almost all federal states are affected. At the Virchow Clinic in Berlin, patients who might be infected formed a waiting line in front of an emergency admission established for that purpose.
Minister Spahn at Bundestag
At the Berlin Bundestag, Health Minister Jens Spahn said the epidemic had now reached Germany, but the country’s health system was well prepared for the fight against the virus. Spahn said there were restrictions in people’s lives already. It was the government’s goad to slow down the spread of the Coronavirus and to dam it as much as possible.
Minister Spahn asked the nation for prudence. “Sure, a new virus we are not experienced with is disturbing”, he conceded. Fear and worry were human reactions. “But our society has a lot of experience with all kinds of dangers”, Spahn stated. Later today, he will talk with the health ministers in Germany’s federal states.
Eight Cases in Berlin
Three days ago, Berlin had not been hit by the virus yet. Now, the number of Coronavirus patients is increasing rapidly. Eight cases in the German capital were confirmed. There are more than 200 contact persons most of whom are in quarantine in their homes by now. Two schools are closed.
With these kinds of numbers, contacts the infected patients had can still be tracked down and quarantined. Once there are hundreds or thousands of Coronavirus cases, which is an expected scenario, it will be impossible. But even now, the Berlin health authorities seem to be experiencing some issues.
‘Public Life Needs to Continue’
According to a Berliner who was quarantined because his colleague is a confirmed Coronavirus case, quick tests for ten employees of the same company were announced, but partially not conducted.
Berlin’s Governing Mayor Michael Müller said the city state needed to react to this situation, also by cancelling big events. It was important not to take any additional risks. At the same time public life needed to continue. Müller stated there was no reason for panic buying. (See separate article Germany: Empty Shelves in Supermarkets Due To Coronavirus).
Anti-Terror Exercise Scrapped
An anti-terror exercise the police and fire department were supposed to be part of in Berlin on March 11th was cancelled. That way, the officers and fire fighters could do their job without interruption, the Berlin Senate Administration of the Interior said. By releasing that statement, they indirectly conceded their work load is already critically big, due to the virus.
During the exercise, the participants were supposed to simulate a big terror attack around Red City Hall. Under “realistic conditions”, the police and fire departments, as well as the disaster prevention authority, would have rehearsed an emergency. Now a real emergency of a different kind thwarted that plan.
Leipzig Book Fair Cancelled
Several large events were cancelled in the past days. The ITB tourism trade fair would be going on in Berlin right now had it not be cancelled because of the Coronavirus. The Leipzig Book Fair was scrapped too. It was going to take place from March 12th to 15th.
According to new rules for large events, the organizers need to guarantee that all contact persons of each visitor can be tracked down in case the virus hits. At events with tens of thousands of visitors, nobody can promise this requirement will be adhered to.
Virus Hits Show Biz
The virus and its implications have hit the German entertainment world as well. The ARD network just cancelled a live ‘Volksmusik’ show with their star Florian Silbereisen that would have had an audience of 5000 people on site. In many cases it is still unclear what will happen to large concerts and tours scheduled by artists from all over the world and from within Germany.
In the meantime, the virus is continuing to spread. In Mecklenburg-Hither Pomerania, three Coronavirus infections have been confirmed. In the federal state of Baden-Württemberg, seven new cases were reported in the counties Esslingen, Lörrach and Ostalbkreis. In North Rhine-Westphalia, at least Coronavirus patients are in intensive care. One of them is an 89-year-old woman.
Doctors Infected at Congress
At the University Clinic in Düsseldorf, the first two patients of Germany’s second Coronavirus wave are still being treated. A 47-year-old man who was in critical condition is now listed as stable. His wife’s status is improving too.
The first Coronavirus patient in Germany’s smallest province, the Saarland, is a doctor who works at the children’s ward of a university clinic. He might have caught the virus at a congress in Frankfurt, the same event a doctor from Berlin went to before he became a confirmed Coronavirus patient as well. In Lower Saxony, a man who recently took part in a bus trip to Italy tested positive.
The Only State Without Corona
Many of Germany’s virus patients caught it during trips to Italy or Iran, at the carnival in the western part of the country or at conferences in several parts of Germany. Doctors and hospital staff members seem to be over-represented in the list of cases in Germany, also because they are the first point of contact once there are suspected cases.
The only federal state that was not affected as of Wednesday(04.03.2020) morning is Saxony-Anhalt in Germany’s eastern part.
A woman wearing a protective face mask in Hamburg. Photo: DPA
Face masks are flying off the shelves across Germany after authorities confirmed cases in Bavaria. But are they effective?
People wearing face masks have become a defining image of large health outbreaks. And for the coronavirus it’s no different.
Now the arrival of the virus in Germany is fuelling a demand for the protective face masks.
However, experts say the thin material masks, which are meant for surgeons to carry out operations safely, do little to stop a respiratory virus spreading at least in these early stages.
According to Bavarian broadcaster BR24, some pharmacies in Germany have reported selling out of the masks, which are worn over the mouth and nose.
A spokesman for the Bavarian Pharmacists’ Association told DPA on Tuesday that he had heard pharmacies in Lower Franconia and Munich had also run out of the masks.
The Federal Association of Pharmaceutical Wholesalers confirmed that individual wholesalers were unable to meet the demand from pharmacies.
However, Bernd Salzberger, chairman of the German Society for Infectiology at Regensburg University Hospital, said these masks were not appropriate in the context of Germany’s current situation.
Four people – all in Bavaria – have so far been found to have the coronavirus. (updated data on 29th Jan 2020)
“Personal protection is completely absurd at the moment,” Salzberger told DPA.
According to Salzberger, so-called surgical face masks are not actually designed to protect against infection, but rather to prevent potentially infectious droplets from the respiratory tract of surgeons from entering the operating area.
It would make sense, for example, to wear a mask to protect other people when you are ill with flu or another virus, he said. “But the protection against an infection from outside doesn’t work very well,” Salzberger said.
It is impossible to say how many breathing masks are out of stock in Bavaria – and the rest of Germany – as concrete numbers are not yet available, said Ursula Sellerberg of the Federal Association of German Pharmacists’ Associations.
The Robert Koch Institute (RKI) and the World Health Organisation (WHO) also advise against the use of mouth and nose protection for the general population, as long as you are not a suspected case or you’re not in contact with sick people.
How should you protect yourself?
In order to prevent the spread of respiratory diseases, good hand hygiene, carrying out so-called coughing and sneezing etiquette and keeping a distance from sick people should be observed.
“In view of the wave of influenza, however, these measures are advisable everywhere and at all times,” writes the RKI.
If you have to cough and sneeze, it is better not to do it in your hand, but in your sweater or jacket sleeve and that keeps your hands clean.
When coughing and sneezing, you should try and keep a distance from others.
Tips for proper hand hygiene
Hands should be washed with soap for 20 to 30 seconds several times a day, not only after going to the toilet and before meals, but also before preparing food.
Hands should also be thoroughly cleaned after blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing, after contact with rubbish and before handling medication.
It is also advisable to keep your hands away from your face and avoid shaking hands. In public facilities, hands should be dried with a paper towel, if possible, rather than a hand dryer.
Ventilation also helps!
Regular ventilation by opening the window in the office or at home is advisable. This counteracts the spread of viruses in the air and reduces the risk of infection.
It also improves the indoor climate, which prevents the mucous membranes of the mouth and nose from drying out, which in turn is very important for defending against viruses.
Protective face masks – (die) Schutzmasken
Surgical face mask – (die) chirurgische Gesichtsmaske
A picture taken on February 28, 2020 shows a woman walking on a street in the western German village of Gangelt, near Heinsberg. Around 1,000 people were in quarantine in Germany’s most populous stateAs the number of cases in Germany rises above 150 here’s a look at the regions that are most affected.
Ten out of the 16 German states have had confirmed cases of the coronavirus, bringing the total number of reported infections in Germany to 157 as of Monday at 3 pm, according to the Robert Koch Institute, Germany’s centre for disease control and prevention. More than half of the cases in Germany are in North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany’s most populous state where an infected couple attended carnival celebrations. The Heinsberg district, with 65 cases, is particularly hard hit.
Earlier this weekend, the first cases of infection in Bremen, Lower Saxony and Schleswig-Holstein were also confirmed by the states’ health ministries.
In Baden-Württemberg, four more cases of infection were confirmed late Sunday evening, bringing the total number of cases in the southwestern state to 20.
In Hesse, two more cases of corona infection were diagnosed, raising the number of cases there to ten, according to the central state’s Ministry of Social Affairs.
The east of the country by contrast has been spared the spread of the virus so far.
The map below gives an idea of which German regions are most affected and those that are still without any confirmed cases.
We will aim to update the figures in this map as often as possible.
As of Monday March 2nd, the figures for the number of coronavirus cases per state were:
People living in Germany especially in Frankfurt am Main, there will be beautiful light festival coming soon! People who are planning to travel the area would be welcoming as well.
Mesmerising light installations, colourful projections on iconic buildings and thoughtful reflections on city life all form part of the Luminale, a public festival of light art that has been held in Frankfurt and Offenbach at two-yearly intervals since 2002.
Image credit: Luminale 2018 / Oliver Blum
About the Frankfurt Luminale
Originally established by Messe Frankfurt to accompany its Light and Building trade fair, this year the event has been extended over an extra weekend and promises to be one of the largest cultural events held in the Rhine-Main region, with more than 250.000 visitors expected.
The concept of the Luminale is to provide popular and engaging artistic content while also contributing to progress in sustainable urban design. As such, the organisers intend that the city of Frankfurt and its Offenbach suburb should not only be the stage for the light displays but also its subject.
Image credit: Luminale 2018 / Oliver Blum
The Luminale programme includes exhibits of light art, lectures and talks from renowned experts, contributions from universities and other educational institutions, projects developed by local artists and the community and a Better City section dedicated to projects that will be permanently kept in the city.
Image credit: Luminale 2018 / Oliver Blum
The Spanish Cultural Centre, Instituto Cervantes, serves as the festival centre and will be the location for some of the talks.
Luminale Light Walk
While many visitors will enjoy a visit to the galleries and catch some of the lectures, without doubt the highlight of the Luminale is the Light Walk. It combines a walking tour of the city with a public gallery of light art.
Image credit: Luminale 2018 / Oliver Blum
The locations along the way tell the history of the city and look to its future. Its monuments and landmarks will be the venues and themes of intriguing and spectacular light art projects.
Visiting the Frankfurt Luminale
Of course, the highlights of the festival are best seen in the dark, so time your visit accordingly. Most exhibits, even those in the galleries, will be illuminated between 7.30 pm and 10.30 pm, whatever the weather. For more information, including details on how to get there via public transportation, visit the Luminale website.
INFO Mar 12, 2020Mar 15, 2020 Various locations Frankfurt, Offenbach Entrance Free
Easter markets are as much a long-standing tradition in Germany as the very popular Christmas markets. Villages, town and cities all over the country celebrate the season with painted eggs and regional delicacies. In Frankfurt, the main Easter market takes place in the beautiful setting of the Dominican Monastery close to the city’s historic centre.
Decorated Easter eggs
The charm of the German tradition of using hand-painted eggs to decorate trees and bushes in the run-up to Easter lies mainly in the fragility of the egg and the delicacy of the artwork. The Easter Market in Frankfurt celebrates this tradition with a huge variety of decorated eggs on display.
The region of Hesse is famous for its beautiful batik eggs where beeswax is used to resist the dyes, creating extraordinary intricate designs. Also on display will be Upper Silesian scratched eggs, with patterns created by scratching the dye from the delicate shell.
As well as the traditional blown eggs, the market also features beautiful porcelain and turned wooden eggs, alongside a range of other decorative items to celebrate the season.
Look, ask and buy at the Frankfurt Easter market
Stallholders from around the region and further afield will be more than happy to talk about their creations, the techniques they use and, of course, to sell specimens for visitors to take home to decorate their own bushes and trees. There will also be opportunities to watch the artists at work and to attempt some of the techniques yourself.
No German market is complete without a variety of food and drink stalls serving regional specialities and selling homemade pickles and preserves. The Frankfurt market will offer its visitors plenty of opportunities for refreshment.
Although German ministers have repeatedly warned against coronavirus hysteria, some supermarkets have reported customers bulk buying supplies. The number of cases in Germany has almost doubled in a day to 117.
Germans are slowly coming to realize that they, just like 50 other nations in the world today, could soon be facing a coronavirus epidemic. Indeed, the pathogen has become a major topic of discussion in the country – so much so, in fact, that some residents are now stockpiling food out of fear they could be placed under quarantine.
On Friday, a spokeswoman for one of the country’s largest supermarket groups, REWE, told DW that while they didn’t register any panic at the start of the week, the situation quickly changed.
“We have noticed rising foodstuff and canned goods purchases across the entire country to which we are adapting accordingly,” said Kristina Schütz from REWE Group, which is headquartered in Cologne and runs the Penny, REWE and Nahkauf grocery chains.
Discount chain Lidl has recorded a similar spike in purchases, with a spokesperson confirming that “we are noticing a rise in sales in certain regions and stores.” According to the chains, Germans are stockpiling long-lasting and canned food, pasta as well as toilet paper and disinfectants.
What do authorities recommend?
Four years ago, the Bonn-based Federal Office of Civil Protection and Disaster Assistance (BBK) published a checklist of long-lasting foods it recommends stockpiling for emergencies.
The BBK, which is staffed by some 300 civil servants, educates the general population on how to prepare for crises. It advises Germans to stockpile food and drink for about ten days.
Specifically, the checklist states that one person needs 14 liters of liquid a week, and recommends stocking mineral water and fruit juice in particular. Even so, the BBK warns against panic buying, advising Germans to stockpile only foods and drinks “that you and your family would consume anyway.”
The BKK also suggests stocking food that keeps for a long time without needing refrigeration, to pay attention to sell-by dates, and mark when items were purchased, in case they don’t have dates printed on them. It also advises Germans to “store newly bought food items at the back of the cupboard so that you consume older items first.”
This comprehensive emergency checklist hasn’t gone unnoticed abroad. Bulgarian daily 24 Tschassa, for example, praised the advice provided by German authorities, saying that in most cases “consumers just hoard all kinds of products – without a proper idea how long they will come in useful or whether they might need them at all.”
The paper said sticking to the German checklist is a good idea “as it makes no sense to buy excessive amounts of supplies.”
Warning against stoking fear
While many pundits in Germany agree the list is useful, they simultaneously warn against stirring hysteria. So far, Germany has confirmed 117 cases of coronavirus, with 16 having already recovered, and no deaths reported. More than half of the cases are in the western state of North Rhine-Westphalia, the country’s most populous state.
The German Journalists Association (DJV) therefore emphasizes that media outlets should avoid stoking fear.
Accordingly, DJV head Frank Überall stated that “people need clear information as well as advice” to make sense of the situation.
He has called on journalists to heed the German press code which calls on them to “avoid an inappropriately sensationalist tone when reporting on medical issues, as this may give rise to unfounded fears or hopes.”
The press code also states that “stoking fear and hysteria is incompatible with responsible journalism.”
Five days after the number of new Coronavirus cases in Germany was at zero, it exceeded 60. Halfhearted measures are supposed to stop or slow the virus down.
Days into the second Coronavirus outbreak in Germany, Chancellor Angela Merkel commented on the situation. During a visit to her constituency in Stralsund, she stated a restrained approach should be taken. Merkel said she was opposed to cancelling all events. She could not have said less in three sentences. So far, the Chancellor is leaving the stage to her ministers.
Hotspot North Rhine-Westphalia
The second outbreak started on February 25th with news according to which three individuals were infected. Now there are many more cases. They include four children from a kindergarten in the town of Heinsberg, who were probably infected by a nursery teacher. He is being treated as a Coronavirus patient in Düsseldorf.
In Bonn, a primary school will be closed for two weeks, because a caretaker went to a carnival celebration, where he caught the virus. At this stage, 185 children are being tested in the former West German capital.
So far, one infected individual in Germany, the nursery teacher’s husband, was in critical condition. He has not come through it yet, but seems to be better. In Heinsberg county, where the couple lives, at least 37 people are infected. Hundreds are in quarantine here, in the federal state of North Rhine-Westphalia, mostly in their homes. They are residents with connections to the kindergarten the infected lady works at, and to the recent carnival celebrations.
Four Doctors Infected
In some parts of North Rhine-Westphalia, the province affected the most so far, supermarket shelves looked rather empty on Friday because panicking residents, and those who just wanted to be prepared for any eventualities, bought all the Ravioli cans and other items they could find. In the regions affected the most, schools and kindergartens remain closed.
Four doctors, one each from Hamburg, Tübingen, Mönchengladbach and Erlangen, are infected with the Coronavirus. They are in quarantine. So are dozens of their contact persons, including hospital staff and patients. In Hamburg, children are among them because the infected physician works at the children’s ward of the Eppendorf University Clinic. On Saturday evening, a second case in Hamburg and the first one in Bremen were reported.
ITB Trade Fair Cancelled
By Saturday morning, the virus had not reached Germany’s largest city, its capital Berlin. Still, precautions were taken here too. For instance, the health authorities tightened the rules for big events. This aspect, and the overall danger the Coronavirus poses to the population, led to the cancellation of the ITB tourism trade fair, which was supposed to commence on March 4th (Read separate article on ITB cancellation).
At ‘Messe Berlin’, the city’s exposition grounds, 10,000 exhibitors from 180 countries and up to 180,000 visitors would have gotten together. For a virus like the one the better part of the world is fighting right now, that kind of environment would have been an invitation to spread further, experts believe.
Crisis Committee Takes Decisions
On a daily basis, the governments crisis committee convenes. On Friday it decided to base its risk assessments on the insights of the Robert Koch Institute, a public health and research facility. What events are concerned, the final decision usually lies with the local health authorities. But those tend to listen to recommendations from the crisis committee and the institute.
A new rule forces train service operators to have their passengers fill out ‘exit cards’ in case suspected Coronavirus cases are being identified on their trains. That way they can be contacted and put in quarantine in case any suspicion is being confirmed by positive virus tests. So far, this kind of rule applied to airlines and other operators who bring in passengers from abroad.
Border Security Tightened
Airlines now need to report passengers who came in from China, Italy, Iran, South Korea or Japan. At the same time they feel the Coronavirus crisis affects them. Germany’s flag carrier Lufthansa announced a possible cancellation of about 25 percent of all short and mid distance flights. Part of the airline’s long distance flights might me scrapped as well.
In cooperation with the Ministry of the Interior, the crisis committee also decided to increase security at Germany’s borders to its nine neighboring countries. The federal police is supposed to increase checks of individuals at and around the borders. Also Germany intends to purchase biohazard suits and breathing masks. This intention is easier said than done because the entire world wants to make purchases of this kind right now.
Easter Monday is a Christian holiday celebrated the day after Easter Sunday.
Easter Sunday (Ostersonntag) in Germany annually celebrates Jesus Christ’s resurrection after his crucifixion on Good Friday, according to the Christian Bible. People mark the day by attending special church services, giving gifts and sharing festive meals with family members.
While Easter Sunday is not a public holiday, it is categorized as a silent day (stiller Tag) in all or part of Germany. In some states, special restrictions may apply for certain types of activities, such as concerts or dance events. Depending on the state, businesses may follow normal or restricted opening hours, or they may be closed for the day.
In many countries in Europe and South America, this day is known as “Little Easter”. The Catholic Church calls it “Monday of the Angel”.
/ Dates of Easter Monday in Germany / 2020 Mon, Apr 13 Public Holiday
So, What is Easter?
Easter (also called Pascha) is generally accounted the most important holiday of the Christian year, observed in March or April each year to celebrate the Resurrection of Jesus from the dead after his death by crucifixion (see Good Friday), which Christians believe happened at about this time of year, almost two thousand years ago.
Why is it called Easter?
The name Easter is derived from ‘Ostara’ or ‘Eostre’, a pagan goddess of fertility, whose feast was celebrated on the Vernal Equinox. The word East is also derived from her names, as is Oestrogen, the female hormone. In Saxon culture, the Hare was sacred to Ostara and the modern tradition of the Easter Bunny is a distant echo of that.
However, In most languages other than English and German, the holiday’s name is derived from Pesach, the Hebrew name of Passover, a Jewish holiday to which the Christian Easter is intimately linked, as the Gospel of John states that the last supper took place during a specific part of the Passover traditions.
Modern Easter celebrations revolve around eggs. They may be painted, rolled down hills or eaten if they are of the chocolate variety. The Christian tradition of an egg is an aid to represent rebirth and resurrection – new life being born from the egg. It’s also been said that egg recalls the shape of the stone that rolled away on Easter Sunday form the tomb that held Jesus’ body.
This egg tradition is almost certainly a distillation of a much older pagan custom celebrating spring. The ancient Persians celebrated their new year at the time of the vernal equinox by painting eggs.
Its adoption into the Christian traditions would have been quite seamless, as eggs are banned during the period of Lent preceding Easter – in fact in many households the last eggs before Easter would have been used to make Pancakes on Pancake Tuesday.
What Do German People Do?
Many people attend a special church service on Easter Sunday. The church services generally have a celebratory mood and churches are decorated with a range of spring flowers. Some communities hold an Easter breakfast or lunch after the church service.
Many people prepare a festive breakfast, lunch or evening meal on Easter Sunday. Popular treats are:
Fried, scrambled or boiled eggs.
Rich loaves of sweet bread decorated with frosting and candy eggs.
Cookies shaped like chicks, eggs or lambs.
Butter in the shape of a lamb.
Cakes baked in the shape of a hare or lamb.
Many people give and receive Easter eggs and Easter hares on Easter Sunday. Children are often told that the Easter hare brings and hides Easter eggs. Many families, communities and businesses organize Easter egg hunts occur on Easter Sunday or Easter Monday. Many Easter eggs are made of chocolate or candy. Boiled eggs are painted or dyed with food coloring and decorative eggs are made of plastic, fabric or wood.
People in some areas of Germany, particularly in northern parts, light Easter fires late in the evening of Holy Saturday. Some people stay up all night. They keep the Easter fires burning all night until dawn on Easter Sunday.
Public life on Easter Sunday in Germany is generally very similar to that on other Sundays. Post offices, banks, stores and other businesses are closed. However, some tourist stores may be open and stores at railway stations, airports and along highways are usually open.
There are some restrictions on selling alcohol, public performances and dancing. Public transport services usually run to the normal Sunday timetable but there may be some local variations.