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April 2, 2020: COVID-19 - Current information on the new coronavirus

Thursday, 02. April 2020

At the end of December 2019, pneumonia occurred in large numbers in the Chinese city of Wuhan. On January 7, 2020, a new type of coronavirus was finally identified as the causative agent. The virus can be transmitted from person to person and is related to the SARS virus, which led to a pandemic in 2002.

In February 2020, a panel of experts proposed the pathogen name SARS-CoV-2 (Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus-2). The World Health Organization has established the official name COVID-19 (Coronavirus Disease 2019) for the disease caused by SARS-CoV-2.

Here you will find a thematically sorted list with links and addresses around the current developments.

Information on the current situation

Information for citizens

Telephone hotlines for the new coronavirus (COVID-19):

  • Bavarian State Office for Health and Food Safety: 09131 6808 - 5101
  • Berlin Health Administration: 030-90282828 (8am to 8 pm)
  • In Hamburg, the following number was also set up: 040/428 284 000 (7am to 7pm).

Suspected patients:

Suspected patients should first call their family doctor's office or dial the following emergency number of the medical on-call service: 116 117.

In Hamburg, the following number was also set up: 040/428 284 000 (7am to 7pm).

Please do not visit a doctor's practice or emergency room, as this could infect other patients.

Recommendations of the RKI (Robert Koch Institute):


Information for travellers:

The Federal Foreign Office and the Standing Committee for Travel Medicine of the German Society for Tropical Medicine and Global Health recommend that all travellers should be vaccinated against influenza in the current 2019/2020 season. The symptoms of both infections may be similar. The vaccination can avoid unnecessary suspicious cases.


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