Coronavirus in Germany

Everything you need to know about the corona crisis in Germany and the measures being taken against the spread of the virus.
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Welcome to the new normal

The coronavirus pandemic is changing how people in Germany work, study and live. Some of these changes also have positive aspects.

Discovering Germany ­on the web

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The post-COVID world

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Showing solidarity

Responding to the coronavirus pandemic with medical assistance, scientific exchange and economic stabilisation measures: Germany is showing solidarity with partner countries worldwide during the coronavirus pandemic.

Where can I get help if I develop symptoms?

If you suspect you or someone else has the coronavirus, you can call the following numbers and find out what steps to take next:


  • Federal Ministry of Health corona hotline: 030 346465100

  • Emergency telephone number for the treatment of patients: 0800 0117722
  • Emergency medical service: 116117

How Germany is responding

Germany has initiated a series of measures to slow down the spread of the virus and alleviate its effects on the economy. Find out more here:



Frank Hartmann, Commissioner for Crisis Management at the Federal Foreign Office
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Help for creative artists

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Germany’s contribution to multilateral solutions to the Covid-19 pandemic

Simple life savers

The coronavirus is making us inventive: how German universities are helping to master the pandemic with small innovations.


Measures to contain the pandemic

The following measures are especially important for slowing down the spread of the virus:

  • Social distancing is crucial. This means: if you can, stay at home. Above all, events involving large numbers of people should be avoided. When it comes to interaction with older people, as little contact as possible is also best – however hard that may be. They are especially vulnerable.

  • Schools closed: German state governments have closed all schools for a number of weeks, and most playgrounds have also been shut.
  • Everyone should avoid using public transport as far as possible.
  • Hygiene rules should naturally be followed: thoroughly wash your hands; sneeze into the bend of your elbow; keep your distance from people with coughs, colds and fever; do not touch your face with your hands.


Frequently asked questions about the coronavirus

How did the coronavirus start?

According to our current state of knowledge, the first patients presented symptoms of a respiratory infection caused by a new kind of coronavirus in Wuhan, a city in China with 11 million inhabitants. Its exact origin is unclear; many of the early cases involved people who worked at a market in Wuhan. However, the initial infection could have occurred at another location.

What is the coronavirus?

SARS-CoV-2 is the correct designation for what is often known simply as coronavirus. SARS is the acronym for severe acute respiratory syndrome. The virus causes coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), a lung disease for which there is currently no vaccine. The infection is spread by human-to-human transmission.

How many cases of coronavirus infection are there?

Numbers are increasing dramatically. You will find the respective totals for Germany and the world on the website of the Robert Koch Institute.


Spread of the coronavirus

Research on the coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2)

Companies and research institutes in Germany are working at full steam to gain a better understanding of the virus and find a vaccine. Important actors in this field include the Robert Koch Institute and several German biotech enterprises, such as CureVac in Tübingen.

Discover Germany online

"Stay home!" is the motto during the Corona crisis. We put together lots of good ideas to discover Germany from home.

Studying in times of Corona
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Digital lecture halls

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Will we soon only be learning online?
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Education is becoming digital, multimedia and global

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Online learning in Germany

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Learn German with us

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Corona and us

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Innovative universities

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Our world after corona

Imagine it is April 12, 2021 – what does our world look like? How have our society, economy and politics changed as a result of the corona crisis? In our new series "Our world after corona" we talk to renowned researchers about our future after the corona pandemic. None of them have a crystal ball, but they do have some very concrete ideas about how corona will change us all. 

Horst Opaschowski takes a look at life after Covid-19.
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“Time will be as valuable as money”

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Innovation in the crisis: More versatility in the economy.
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“The crisis is pointing us in new directions”

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