Pandemic protocol: Germany’s sad 668-day path from corona patient one in 100,000 deaths
The corona pandemic has reached a sad level in Germany. On Thursday that’s 100,000. To mourn deaths from the virus. 668 days have passed since the first case in the Federal Republic – a look back at what has happened so far.
January 27, 2020 – the first corona case in Germany: While the liberation of the Auschwitz-Birkenau extermination camp 85 years ago is being commemorated in Germany and the world, the first corona case in the Federal Republic of Germany is discovered in the Munich Tropical Institute. It is a 33 year old employee of the Webasto company from Gauting near Munich. He was infected by a colleague who came from China on January 19. 2800 people have already been infected worldwide, 80 have died.
01/28/2020 – fatal error: Three colleagues of the German patient number one are also tested positive for the new corona virus – but without symptoms. Camilla Rothe, the head of the ambulance for tropical and travel medicine at LMU Munich, recognizes the symptom-free risk of transmission and informs the health authorities.
February 15, 2020 – the first Superspreader event in Germany: The carnival association “Langbröker Dicke Flaa” holds its “cap meeting” in the municipality of Gangelt in the district of Heinsberg (North Rhine-Westphalia) – the celebration later turns out to be the first German superspreader event. In all of Germany there are no restrictions on the containment of the coronavirus at Carnival.
02/27/2020 – Government forms crisis team: In order to fight the corona epidemic, the Federal Ministry of the Interior and the Federal Ministry of Health are setting up a crisis team provided for in the federal pandemic plan a. It is already clear that the search for vaccines is the most promising approach.
March 8th, 2021 – first German victim and 1000 Corona cases in Germany: 41 days after the first Corona case in Germany, the first fatality is to be mourned. A 60-year-old from Hamburg dies while on vacation in Egypt – the first German death ever. On the same day, Germany passed the 1,000 corona cases mark. A day later, an 89-year-old woman from Essen and a 78-year-old from Gangelt lose the fight against the virus – the first deaths in Germany.
March 12th, 2020 – first federal-state conference: For the first time, the Chancellor and Prime Minister come together to discuss the corona situation.
March 18, 2020 – Merkel’s historic address: “It’s serious. Take it seriously too.” The Chancellor addresses the nation directly in an urgent TV address. “Since German reunification, no, since the Second World War, there has not been a challenge to our country that depends so much on our joint action in solidarity.”
March 22nd, 2020 – first lockdown comes into force: The federal and state governments decide on March 16. Contact restrictions and the closure of retail and catering with the aim of preventing an uncontrolled increase in the number of cases and keeping the health system efficient. It comes into force six days later and does not end until seven weeks later with the first easing on May 4th. In the meantime, the mask requirement, which still applies today, in shops and when using public transport, as well as the distance requirement, will be resolved.
April 2nd, 2020 – 1000th corona death in Germany
April 6th, 2020 – 100,000 corona cases in Germany
22.04.2020 – The Paul Ehrlich Institute approves the clinical trial of a corona vaccine.
15.09.2020 – Spahn relies on trust and not on speed: Federal Minister of Health Jens Spahn proclaims with a view to vaccinations: “It’s not about being first. We want to have an effective and safe vaccine. That creates trust.” You won’t be first either, on the contrary.
14.10.2020 – Merkel rages after MPK: Chancellor Merkel, the decisions of the MPK do not go far enough. Extended mask requirement, curfew for gastronomy and limitation of private celebrations – their opinion: “It’s just not enough what we’re doing here.” Two weeks later it will be sharpened, the “lockdown light” is coming.
10/22/2020 – 10,000. Corona deaths in Germany
October 29, 2020 – 500,000 corona cases in Germany
26.11.2020 – 1,000,000 corona cases in Germany: Almost exactly ten months to the day after the first corona case discovered in Germany, the 1,000,000 infected. German citizens with the virus. The number of total cases has doubled in less than a month.
13.12.2020 – second lockdown takes effect: For mere contact restrictions from 02.11. there will be a second, real lockdown, which will initially only run until January 10th. It should apply, but it will be extended several times and only after six months in May 2021. Now, fabric masks are no longer sufficient, medical or even FFP2 masks are becoming mandatory.
December 21, 2020 – first corona vaccine approved in Germany: The vaccine developed by Biontech / Pfizer is the first to receive approval in Germany. This is followed by Moderna (January 6th), Astrazeneca (January 29th) and Johnson & Johnson (March 11th)
December 26th, 2020 – first corona vaccination in Germany: Edith Kwoizalla (101) gets the first vaccination against the coronavirus. She lives in a senior care facility in Saxony-Anhalt. After her, 40 other residents and ten nurses will be immunized with the vaccine from Biontech / Pfizer. The campaign will start slowly.
14.01.2021 – 2,000,000 corona cases in Germany: The pandemic is in full swing. While it took 304 days from the first to the millionth infection in Germany, it took only 49 more days to reach the two million mark.
03/15/2021 – Astrazeneca fuss: Health Minister Jens Spahn announces the suspension of vaccinations with the vaccine from Astrazeneca. In doing so, it follows the recommendations of the Paul Ehrlich Institute (PEI). The reason: the noticeable accumulation of a special form of very rare cerebral vein thrombosis. This measure is withdrawn only three days later.
June 10th, 2021 – Lauterbach warns of 4th wave: The pandemic looks far away, the citizens are enjoying the summer weather. But SPD health expert Karl Lauterbach fears in the “Augsburger Allgemeine”: “If such larger meetings move indoors again, a fourth corona wave threatens in autumn at the latest.” He warns of unreasonable behavior that could unnecessarily exacerbate the corona situation. 25.8 percent of Germans are fully vaccinated, 47.8 percent are simply vaccinated.
07/22/2021 – Merkel is concerned about vaccinations: The corona cases are increasing again and Angela Merkel warns at her summer press conference: “We have to assume that there will be a doubling in less than two weeks.” He continued: “We all know that the key to overcoming the pandemic is vaccination.” 48.8 percent of Germans are fully vaccinated, 61 percent simply – the vaccination curve is increasingly flattening out.
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08/02/2021 – Booster decision and vaccination for children: The federal and state governments decide on booster vaccinations with mRNA vaccines from September. In addition, young people from the age of twelve are now to be vaccinated. Stiko explicitly recommends this two weeks later.
23.09.2021 – Stiko recommends booster vaccinations: Three weeks after the first booster vaccinations had already been carried out on senior citizens and people with weakened immune systems in Germany, the Stiko now explicitly recommends this for everyone over the age of 70. On November 18 this recommendation is extended to all citizens aged 18 and over.
November 19, 2021 – Spahn caps vaccine orders: Federal Minister of Health Jens Spahn limits order quantities for the vaccine from Biontech / Pfizer so that the preparation from Moderna is increasingly used for booster vaccinations. Otherwise, stored Moderna cans threatened to expire from the middle of the first quarter of 2022. Medical associations react angrily and demand his resignation.
11/24/2021 – Record number of new infections: More than 66,000 people are infected with the coronavirus in just one day in Germany – more than ever before. The number of new infections has been increasing rapidly since the end of September, and the incidence has reached a new high every day for more than two weeks.
11/25/2021 – 100,000 fatalities in Germany: The preliminary sad climax of the corona pandemic in the Federal Republic. The sound barrier of 100,000 victims of the new virus has been broken – 668 days after the first diagnosed case in Germany. 5.5 million citizens are now sick.
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