Germany Live Updates
- Germany’s Robert Koch Institute says confirmed cases rose by 1,775 to 141,672, a second day of decline. The number of deaths from COVID-19 rose by 110.
- German Chancellor Angela Merkel announced first steps in undoing coronavirus lockdowns for the coming weeks, with most shops allowed to open although schools must stay closed until May 4.
- Shops up to 800sq metres (8,600 sq ft) will be allowed to reopen once they have “plans to maintain hygiene”, Merkel said, while schools will gradually be reopened with priority given to pupils about to take exams.
Germany Cases Climb for First Time in a Week
The country saw 2,543 new infections, taking its total to 134,753, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University. The number of fatalities rose by 309 to 3,804.
“The epidemic has not gone,” Chancellery Minister Helge Braun said in an interview with ARD TV. “We have slowed it massively and that is a great achievement by the people in Germany, and that’s why we have to take things in very, very small steps when it comes to opening things up again.”
- It’s too early for Germany to set a date for easing its lockdown, Chancellor Angela Merkel said, holding her first press conference since returning from 12 days of self-confinement after being exposed to COVID-19.
- Senior politicians in Germany have begun debating a potential easing of restrictions imposed over the coronavirus epidemic ahead of a meeting with Chancellor Angela Merkel on Wednesday.
- On Monday, Merkel and premiers of Germany’s 16 states expect to get recommendations from the German National Academy of Sciences that the chancellor has said will weigh heavily in considerations for a possible loosening in movement and social distancing rules in place since around mid-March.
- German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s government announced a new “limitless” aid program for small- and medium-sized companies. The program for loan guarantees is the latest measure introduced by the government, which says Europe’s largest economy might contract even more this year than the 5% drop caused by the global financial crisis in 2008 and 2009.
- On 5 April in the early morning, 100123 people in Germany were infected with the Coronavirus. There are 1584 deaths.
- Head of the Federal Chancellery, has emphasized that the peak of the Corona crisis in Germany is still to come.
- The average age of contracting the disease remains relatively low, at 49. In France, it is 62.5 and in Italy 62, according to their latest national reports.
- The number of former Coronavirus patients who were cured stood at 28700. But there may be many more. Doctors and hospitals are not required to enter cured patients into the system.
- Despite Germany’s relatively high population, it registered surprisingly low numbers of corona death. Seen as death per one million people, Italy had 192 deaths per million and Germany just 8.