Every day, tens of thousands people in Germany seek to get tested for the novel coronavirus. Often, though, they run up against a lack of testing capacity. And it is likely to only get worse. By DER SPIEGEL Staff
Some in Germany have the impression that the country can survive a long-term lockdown without suffering any grave consequences. That thinking is dangerous.
The fight against the coronavirus has paralyzed society and the economy. Lockdown measures are fine for the short term, but they threaten to rapidly destroy the economy and erode our existing social order. What should the next steps be?
Drägerwerk is a world leader in the production of ventilators. In an interview, company head Stefan Dräger, 57, discusses the challenges of keeping up with current demand as the corona crisis accelerates.
The gravest threat posed by the coronavirus is that high-risk groups like the elderly and other high-risk groups will get infected by it. The pressure on staffs at nursing homes is growing. Some patient advocates are calling for emergency contingency plans. Are the facilities safe enough for the people living in them?
The German chancellor is staying home after being exposed to a doctor who tested positive for the coronavirus. A first test came back negative, but Merkel will keep governing remotely for the time being. What does Germany's line of succession look like, and who would jump in if Merkel gets sick?
The German cabinet on Monday agreed to an unprecedented aid package to prop up the country's economy as the coronavirus pandemic takes hold. Parliament is set to approve the package later this week.
Germany's federal and state governments have agreed to further tighten restrictions on public life. Here's an overview of what's now allowed and what's not.
The German health-care system is considered one of the best in the world. But the coronavirus is mercilessly exposing its weaknesses, with some hospitals already facing difficulties. Can Germany prevent the kind of collapse seen in Italy?
Helge Braun, 47, Chancellor Angela Merkel's chief of staff, speaks with DER SPIEGEL about the rapidly rising number of coronavirus infections and about whether more stringent measures will have to be implemented.
The head of Angela Merkel’s Chancellery has warned that people’s behavior this weekend will be pivotal in determining whether strict shelter-in-place curfews are imposed in Germany to control the spread of the coronavirus.
Amid the current public health crisis, hospitals and grocery stores have a growing demand for more security personnel. The guards will help to limit access to buildings -- and stop possible fights over goods.
As many as 10 million people in Germany could become infected with the new coronavirus in the next few months if stringent preventative measures aren't observed by everyone, the head of Germany's center for disease control warned on Wednesday.
To free up capacity for coronavirus patients, the German government has urged hospitals to postpone nonessential operations and procedures. Many haven't done so yet, but say they are preparing ventilation stations for the inevitable arrival of the sick.
With supply chains suffering from reduced freight capacity due to flight cancellations, Lufthansa is planning to step into the void. Airlifts are also planned to pick up Germans stranded abroad.
The number of COVID-19 cases in Germany is rising rapidly. The country’s center for disease control has now increased its risk rating for the spread of the coronavirus from "moderate" to "high" and even "very high" in some areas.
First Saarland and Bavaria, followed by Berlin and North Rhine-Westphalia: Almost all schools and daycare centers are being closed in Germany to slow the spread of the coronavirus. Here’s an overview of the current status in each state.
A German pharmaceutical company has said it will not sell the rights to a potential coronavirus vaccine to the United States, after reports that President Donald Trump had offered "a large sum of money" to ensure that the U.S. had exclusive access to any breakthrough treatments.