The corona virus continues to spread, events are canceled in rows, and public life comes to a standstill. In Germany there are currently 13 deaths and more than 5500 confirmed corona infected. There are already over 156,000 infected worldwide.
Number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Germany increases to 5,627.
Here you will find the currently reported figures of the health ministries of the countries.
- Baden-Württemberg: 827 (3 death cases)
- Bayern: 886 (4 death cases)
- Berlin: 283
- Brandenburg: 84
- Bremen: 53
- Hamburg: 196
- Hessen: 282
- Mecklenburg-Vorpommern: 50
- Niedersachsen: 287
- Nordrhein-Westfalen: 2100 (6 death cases/Landkreis Heinsberg besonders betroffen)
- Rheinland-Pfalz: 200
- Saarland: 74
- Sachsen: 130
- Sachsen-Anhalt: 54
- Schleswig-Holstein: 108
- Thüringen: 51
- Total: 5665 (13 Death, 46 Recovered, Stand 15.03., 19.21 Uhr)
As of Monday: Germany closes borders with Austria, France, Switzerland, Luxembourg and Denmark
Top news (7:03 p.m.): Due to the corona virus, Germany will largely close its borders with France, Austria, Luxembourg and Switzerland from 8:00 a.m. on Monday morning. The border with Denmark will also be closed at 6 a.m. Horst Seehofer confirmed related reports in the evening at a press conference. “Restrictions on cross-border traffic,” Seehofer called this. Goods and commuters can continue to cross the borders – for example with a pass. “Travelers without a valid reason to travel are no longer allowed to enter and exit.” Travel that is not necessary should be avoided, says Seehofer. Germans are of course allowed to enter at any time. This was confirmed, among other things, by Austria’s Chancellor Sebastian Kurz in a press conference in the evening.
The border controls are initially temporary, says Seehofer. The situation would always have to be reassessed. There are risk areas around Germany like in Austria or in the French Alsace-Lorraine. You have to react to that. In addition, one wants to prevent “movements for shopping” if, for example, shops are closed in other countries. “These were the most urgent decisions,” says Seehofer. One has to wait and see whether similar situations arise in the German border regions with Poland, Belgium and the Netherlands.
Chancellor Angela Merkel, Bavaria’s Prime Minister Markus Söder, Federal Interior Minister Horst Seehofer, Baden-Württemberg’s Prime Minister Winfried Kretschmann and Saarland’s Prime Minister Tobias Hans are said to have agreed on the border closings in a telephone booth. The Chancellor and the ministers mentioned are said to have agreed that there should be stricter controls and rejections at the borders.