Germany’s COVID timeline: from first case to 100,000 dead

    BERLIN — As Germany reached 100,000 deaths from COVID-19, here is a look at some of the significant events that happened in the country during the outbreak:

    Jan 27, 2020

    First case confirmed in Germany. A man in the Starnberg region of Bavaria tested positive. Authorities said the risk of the virus spreading in Germany remained low.

    Feb. 12, 2020

    Health Minister Jens Spahn tells German lawmakers that “it can’t completely rule out that a regionally restricted epidemic in China turns into a global pandemic.”

    Feb. 24, 2020

    In view of the worsening situation in Italy, the German government revises its assessment and warns that the virus can be expected to spread in Germany too.

    March 4, 2020

    Leipzig book fair is canceled; cancellations of other large events follow.

    March 10, 2020

    March 18, 2020

    In televised address, Merkel warns of “historic” challenge.

    March 22, 2020

    First nationwide lockdown agreed.

    April 6, 2020

    Germany records 100,000th case.

    April 20, 2020

    Some restrictions are eased.

    May 16, 2020

    Bundesliga soccer matches resume, without spectators.

    June 23, 2020

    Western region of Guetersloh goes into lockdown after an outbreak at a slaughterhouse.

    Aug. 1, 2020

    Mass protest in Berlin, and again on Aug. 29, when protesters try to storm Reichstag.

    Oct. 16, 2020

    Number of daily confirmed cases reaches new record high of more than 7,000.

    Oct. 24, 2020

    Number of COVID-19 deaths in Germany passes 10,000.

    Oct. 28, 2020

    Federal and state authorities agree on partial lockdown, limiting social contacts to two households.

    Nov. 5, 2020

    Number of new daily infections in Germany passes 20,000.

    Dec. 8, 2020

    Eastern state of Saxony announces “hard lockdown” closing schools, daycares and most stores. Other states follow suit with lockdown initially scheduled to run for the Christmas period but ends up lasting must longer.

    Dec. 26, 2020

    101-year-old Edith Kwoizalla becomes first person in Germany to receive COVID-19 vaccine, a day before the European Union’s official rollout.

    Jan. 20, 2021

    Germany passes 50,000 deaths mark.

    Feb. 17, 2021

    Germany’s disease control agency says a mutated variant of coronavirus first detected in Britain is spreading rapidly in the country.

    March 6, 2021

    First rapid self-tests for COVID-19 sold in German pharmacies.

    March 23, 2021

    Federal and state authorities agree on nationwide Easter lockdown. The decision is reversed a day later.

    April 24, 2021

    Nationwide “emergency brake” comes into force in Germany due to rising number of hospitalizations.

    April 28, 2021

    Germany’s domestic intelligence agency puts parts of anti-lockdown “Querdenken” movement under surveillance.

    May 14, 2021

    Germany sets single-day record for vaccinations of 1.35 million doses.

    June 7, 2021

    Germany lifts prioritization for vaccinations.

    July 13, 2021

    Merkel says Germany doesn’t plan compulsory vaccinations like in France.

    Aug. 23, 2021

    Germany introduces so-called 3G rules requiring vaccination, recovery or negative test certificates to access restaurants, pools and hairdressers.

    Sept. 26, 2021

    Oct. 11, 2021

    Germany stops offering free rapid tests to people over 12; decision is reversed on Nov. 13.

    Oct. 18, 2021

    Health Minister Jens Spahn says he plans to let “epidemic situation of national significance” expire at the end of November, saying risk of infection for vaccinated people is low.

    Oct. 23, 2021

    Spahn says he favors ending coronavirus measures soon.

    Nov. 1, 2021

    Unvaccinated people who have to go into quarantine lose right to sick pay.

    Nov. 11, 2021

    Germany records 50,000 newly confirmed cases of COVID-19 for the first time in a single day.

    Nov. 18, 2021

    Parliament approves new, less stringent pandemic law

    Nov. 24, 2021

    Incoming government announces plans to create an expert team to provide daily scientific advice on tackling the coronavirus pandemic.

    Nov. 25, 2021

    Germany’s disease control agency reports that more than 100,000 people have died from COVID-19 since the start of the outbreak.


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