COVID-19 in Berlin and Germany: What you need to know

Check here for up-to-date information regarding the management of COVID-19 in Berlin.

Photo by Soraya Sarhaddi Nelson

Updated daily:

As of March 30 at 11:27 a.m., there were 62,435 confirmed cases of the coronavirus in Germany, 541 deaths, and  9,211 people recovered. As of March 30 at 08:00 a.m., there were 2,464 confirmed cases in Berlin and 11 deaths.

Information update – March 25, 2020: All Berlin districts now have separate coronavirus hotlines. Numbers are listed at the bottom of this page.

GERMANY – SOCIAL RESTRICTIONS ANNOUNCED MARCH 22, 2020, EFFECTIVE IMMEDIATELY
1. Reduce contact with people other than in your own household to an absolute minimum. 
2. When in public, keep a distance of at least 1.5 meters (4.9 feet)  and preferably 2 meters (6.6 feet) between you and others whenever possible. 
3. You may be accompanied by no more than one person who is not in your household while you are outdoors.
4. Travel to work or seeking emergency care, shopping for essentials, going to doctors’ appointments and attending work-related meetings and appointments are still permitted, as are individual sports and exercise outdoors.
5. Groups or parties whether in public or private are not permitted. Police and other authorities will enforce social distancing and violators will be punished. Individuals are advised to carry photo ID with address, or a mixture of two items proving address and identity. 
6. Restaurants and cafés are closed except for delivery and takeaways.
7. Beauty salons and barber shops, cosmetic studios and massage and tattoo parlors are closed. Treatments deemed medically necessary are still permitted.
8. All enterprises — particularly those involving the public like mass transit — must adhere to hygiene regulations and provide preventive measures for staff and customers.
9. The above restrictions will continue at least through April 4th.
Source: Chancellor Merkel Statement on New Measures Related to the Coronavirus 

Symptoms (According to the Robert Koch Institute):

Commonly reported symptoms:

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath

Less commonly reported symptoms include:

  • Sore throat
  • Headache
  • Vomiting / Nausea
  • Blocked nose
  • Diarrhea 

The Robert Koch Institute classifies the risk to the health of the population in Germany as HIGH. However, this risk varies from region to region. 

Protect yourself and others:

According to Charité:

  • Cover when you cough or sneeze
  • Wash your hands regularly and avoid touching your face
  • Stay 1 to 2 meters from sick people
  • Avoid shaking hands
  • Where possible, avoid going on trips, using public transport and work from home
  • Avoid events with crowds of people 

Take action if…

If you have symptoms:

  • Stay home and call your local area hotline** if you show symptoms and have had direct & extended contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19.
  • Stay home and call your local area hotline** if you have been to a high risk area* and are showing symptoms.
  • Once you have called the local area hotline, if your case warrants it, you will be sent to a Berlin screening center. There are seven in Berlin. Please call the hotline and have them recommend a test before attending a screening center. 

If you have no symptoms:

  • Stay home and call your local doctor if you have had direct and extended contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19.
  • Stay home and call your local doctor if you have been to a high risk area* in the past 14 days.
  • Once you have called the local area hotline, if your case warrants it, you will be sent to a Berlin screening center. There are seven in Berlin. Please call your doctor and have them recommend a test before attending a screening center. 

At-risk groups:

  • People aged 50 and up
  • Smokers
  • People with medical conditions: of the heart (e.g. coronary heart disease) / the lungs (e.g. asthma, chronic bronchitis)
  • Patients with chronic liver disease
  • People with diabetes
  • Patients with cancer
  • Patients with a weakened immune system

People in these groups should avoid contact with other people where possible.

Stay up-to-date

*High Risk Areas
  • Italy
  • Iran
  • China: Province of Hubei – Has been removed from the list as of March 25, 2020
  • South Korea: Daegu city, North Gyeongsang province
  • France: regions of Île-de-France added as of March 30, Grand Est (this region contains Alsace-Lorraine and Champagne-Ardenne)
  • Austria
  • Spain: city of Madrid  and the regions of Navarra, La Roja, and Basque Country have been added as of March 25
  • United States: states including California, Washington, New Jersey, and New York
  • Egypt has been added to the list of of high risk areas, as of March 21, 2020 at 12:10 p.m.
  • Switzerland: the Cantons of Ticino, Vaud, and Geneva have been added as of March 25
Areas particularly affected in Germany:
  • Heinsberg district (North Rhine-Westphalia)

Note: Screening centers are based in Wedding, Prenzlauer Berg, Tempelhof, Lichtenberg, Spandau, and Charlottenberg. Contact details are online. 

**LOCAL HEALTH HOTLINES:  UPDATED MARCH 25

DISTRICT CONTACT 
Treptow-Köpenick Email: covid19@ba-tk.berlin.de
Tel: 030 / 90297-4773
Steglitz-Zehlendorf Email: corona@ba-sz.berlin.de
Tel: 030 / 90299-3670
Friedrichshain-Kreuzberg Email: coronakontakt@ba-fk.berlin.de
Tel : 030/90 298 8000
Spandau

Email: ges2@ba-spandau.berlin.de
Tel: 030 / 90279-4012, -4014, -4026

Pankow Email: corona@ba-pankow.berlin.de
Tel: 030 / 90295-3000
Mitte Email: corona@ba-mitte.berlin.de
Tel: 030/9018 41000
Tempelhof-Schöneberg Email: hygiene@ba-ts.berlin.de
Tel: 030/902777351
Neukölln Email: geshyg@bezirksamt-neukoelln.de
Tel: 030 / 90239-4040
Marzahn-Hellersdorf Email: hygiene-mh@ba-mh.berlin.de
Tel: 030 / 90293-3629
Lichtenberg Email: pandemie@uellenberg.berlin.de
Charlottenburg-Wilmersdorf Email: hygiene@charlottenburg-wilmersdorf.de
Tel: 030 / 9029-16662
Reinickendorf

Email: coronavirus@reinickendorf.berlin.de

Tel: 030/90294 5500

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