“2020 coronavirus pandemic in Germany”
“The 2019–20 coronavirus pandemic was confirmed to have spread to Germany on 27 January 2020, when the first COVID-19 case was confirmed in Bavaria. The majority of the COVID-19 cases in January and early February originated from Webasto headquarters in Bavaria and, seemingly, from there to Northern Italy, where Webasto has offices, consistently to phylogenetic analysis of viral DNA. Later, new clusters were introduced by travellers from Italy, China and Iran. German disease and epidemic control is advised by the Robert Koch Institute according to a national pandemic plan. The outbreaks were first managed in a containment stage (with first measures of the protection stage), which had minimised the expansion of clusters such as the first one among Webasto employees. Since 13 March the corona pandemic is managed in the protection stage with the German states starting to close schools, and kindergarten, delaying semester beginnings as well as forbidding visits in nursing homes in order to protect the elderly.
On 25 and 26 February, following the COVID-19 outbreak in Italy, multiple cases related to the Italian outbreak were detected in Baden-Württemberg. Other cases, which were not related to the Italian clusters, occurred in multiple regions including Baden-Württemberg, North Rhine-Westphalia and Rhineland-Palatinate. A specific cluster formed in Heinsberg was linked to the Carnival in Gangelt. Currently, the largest number of COVID-19 cases in Germany are in the state of North Rhine-Westphalia.
The first deaths, a 89-year-old woman in Essen and a 78-year-old man in Heinsberg, were reported on 9 March.”