Infections in Germany exceed 12,000

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The total number of reported infections in Germany grew to 12,327 cases as of Thursday at 8am, according to data from Johns Hopkins University and Robert Koch Institute.

But depending on an individual state’s policies, many other possible cases may not have been tested because they show only mild symptoms or have not been in contact with a known case.

Over 4,200 of the cases in Germany are in North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany’s most populous state.

Out of all the confirmed cases since January, there have been a total of 105 recoveries. There have also been 28 deaths in Germany due to the coronavirus.


To ramp up medical capacity, German state and federal governments announced steps to double intensive respiratory care and commandeer new spaces, such as hotels, for treatment.


On Wednesday March 18th, Chancellor Angela Merkel made a dramatic appeal to the country, calling the coronavirus pandemic Germany’s biggest challenge since WWII.


Merkel urged everyone to play a part in slowing down a virus that has raced across the globe and triggered unprecedented peace-time lockdowns.


“The situation is serious. Take it seriously,” she said. “Not since German reunification, no, not since the Second World War has our country faced a challenge that depends so much on our collective solidarity.”


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