Soder plans government statement in the state parliament on the Corona crisis

Saturday, March 14, 1:05 p.m .: Bavaria’s Prime Minister Markus Soder (CSU) is planning a government declaration in the state parliament on the coronavirus crisis. The date for this is the next plenary session next Thursday (March 19), as a government spokeswoman said on Saturday. Munich’s Mercury had previously reported on this.

State government regulates entitlement to emergency care

Saturday, March 14, 12:32 pm: Whose job is so essential that there must be care for the children so that he or she can continue to work? For the ministries involved, this has been one of the central questions in the past few days when it came to whether and how to close all schools and daycare centers. It was agreed to define “areas of critical infrastructure” for this. At the announcement on Friday, it was said to include, for example, the health system, the police and emergency services. In the meantime, it has become clear that significantly more parents than expected will be able to send their children to emergency care over the next five weeks.


The Ministry of Health has since published the text of its general will. And it says that, for example, food supply is also considered a “critical infrastructure”. This could apply to all employees in the corresponding companies, be they large dairies or small bakeries, and not least in grocery stores. Bus and tram drivers can also send their children to school or daycare. Local public transport is also one of the exceptional areas such as energy and water supply as well as garbage disposal or central “offices of the state, judiciary and administration”. Anyone who works there can take advantage of emergency care for their children.

Mentioned in the general decree: “Facilities that maintain health care and nursing, as well as support for the disabled, child and youth welfare, public security and order, including non-police security (fire brigade, emergency services, and disaster protection), and the securing of public infrastructures ( Telecommunications services, energy, water, public transport, waste disposal), the food supply and the ability of central agencies of the state, judiciary and administration to serve “.


Children can then be sent to emergency care if both parents are employed and have to work in one of these areas – in the case of single parents, of course, only the caring parent. Children who are themselves ill, who have had contact with a person who has tested positive for the coronavirus, or who have been in one of the corona risk areas in the past few days are excluded.

Bavaria’s casinos close due to coronavirus

Saturday, March 14, 12:08 p.m .: The casinos in the Free State are temporarily ceasing to curb the spread of the coronavirus. The nine state-owned casinos are to be closed from now until April 19 inclusive, as Lotto Bayern announced on Saturday. “The top priority is the health of our guests and employees,” it said. The measures affected the casinos in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Bad Wiessee, Bad Kissingen, Bad Reichenhall, Bad Steben, Feuchtwangen, Lindau, Bad Fussing and Bad Kotzting.

Neuschwanstein and other locks close

Saturday, March 14, 11:20 a.m .: The Bavarian Palace Department closes its sights due to the Corona crisis. This affects the royal palaces Neuschwanstein and Hohenschwangau as well as Herrenchiemsee, the Walhalla or the Liberation Hall in Kelheim. All the sights are closed “until further notice”. There is only a brief note on the website of the authority, on Facebook, it is added that the parks – including the English Garden in Munich – will remain open.

At the Neuschwanstein Castle, the corona crisis was noticeable early on, because it is an attraction for tourists from China in particular – these guests have been missing the sight for a long time now.

Free State supports bus companies

Saturday, March 14th, 11.07 am: After the closure of all schools in Bavaria, the Free State supports the bus companies. These are affected by the decision because this stops all school bus traffic. Advance payments for 2020 would be brought forward, said Minister of Transport Kerstin Schreyer (CSU) on Saturday. Bus companies receive these installments to make time tickets cheaper for schoolchildren and trainees. According to Schreyer, the total for Bavaria is around 35 million euros. The payment is only due in July. Since many companies are active in both local public transport and travel, a large number of bus companies benefit from this measure, the minister emphasized. The companies could already formally request the payment of the compensation from Monday.


Counties and independent cities also receive installments every year. The next payment was scheduled for May. According to Schreyer, 75 percent of the previous year’s amount should now be paid out in just a few days.

Therme Erding closes

Saturday, March 14, 9:15 am: Bavaria’s largest visitor magnet temporarily closes for visitors: Therme Erding reports on its homepage that it will close temporarily from this Saturday, March 14. The Bavarian State Office for Health and Food (LGL) decided this on Friday evening. More than 1.8 million visitors were in the thermal bath in 2019, around 1,000 people work there. It is currently unclear when the thermal spring will open again. At the other large thermal baths in Bavaria, the operation continues, so the operators announce it on their website.

The Bavarians are buying more food again

Friday, March 13, 5:23 p.m .: After the announcement of school closures and other restrictions, there are more hamster purchases in Bavaria. After the topic ebbed over the week, purchases on Friday had picked up again after the news, which worried many people, said a spokesman for the Bavarian trade association. However, it also plays a role that weekend shopping is typically done on Friday and unsettled customers now buy more. “It is not the case that panic buying is taking place across Bavaria,” said the spokesman. However, some supermarkets may occasionally sell items. The supply of goods in Bavaria is secured. “There has never been any turmoil in the fight for the last toilet roll in any Bavarian supermarket,”


Thermal baths want to stay open

Friday, March 13, 5.11 p.m .: Despite the coronavirus, the Bavarian saunas, swimming pools, and thermal baths remain open for the time being. Josefine Kohlmeier, the plant manager at Rottal Terme in Bad Birnbach, says: “The thermal water pools are disinfected with chlorine gas and carbonic acid. The high rate of germ-killing in the pools means there is no risk of infection.” Viruses would not be transmitted via water and even destroyed by chlorinated and tempered water. Wilfried Huhn, the managing director of Therme Eins in Bad Fussing, also sees no increased risk of infection in the thermal baths, but adds: “I assume that we will also close soon.” Marcus Maier from Therme Erding says: “

Now the museums and libraries are also closing

Friday, March 13, 4:05 p.m .: In Bavaria, more and more public facilities are closed for weeks. The Ministry of Science, for example, announced that there would be no more public traffic in state museums and collections, archives and libraries – from Saturday to the end of the Easter holidays on April 19. The German Museum in Munich also remains closed. The state capital of Munich does the same. Their stages, like the Munich Philharmonic Orchestra, have already ceased operations, and now the city museums, the Nazi Document Center, the city library and the adult education center are closing – all by April 19. The Circus Krone and the Cirque du Soleil in Munich have also canceled their performances – they originally wanted to continue playing in front of a reduced audience. As the city announced all district and school sports facilities are also affected by the closure of the schools in Munich. The buildings of the city authorities are “only partially accessible”, for official reasons as well as for party and customer traffic. For the time being, the people of Munich should only take care of the authorities.

Archdiocese cancels all services

Friday, March 13, 3:40 p.m .: There will be no public services in the Archdiocese of Munich and Freising for the next three weeks. It is important not to further promote the spread of the coronavirus through the gathering of people, according to a statement. The churches remained open at the usual times. The pastors are of course still there for the people. However, they only bring communion home in urgent, life-threatening situations and donate the anointing to the sick.


558 infected and 4,000 people in quarantine

Friday, March 13, 2:45 p.m .: The number of confirmed coronavirus infections in Bavaria has risen again – from 58 to 558. This is particularly noticeable in Munich, where more than one in four of all infected people in Bavaria now live like this State Office for Health and Food Safety (LGL) announced. Since the health authorities continue to try to find those people who have had closer contact with a sick person recently, this number naturally increases: The LGL spoke of around 4,000 contact persons on Friday afternoon. All of them must be kept in quarantine at the behest of the authorities.

Telephone counselor faced with corona issues

Wednesday, March 13, 2:40 p.m .: The head of the ecumenical WurzburgTelephone counseling, Ruth Belzner, does not rule out an increase in calls to their facility given the coronavirus epidemic. “A lot of people will need to express their fears,” said Belzner. For some, it will surely also be a question of how they deal with their loneliness, which is often stressful when public life comes to a standstill. For some of the callers, “this inconceivability” of the threat had been scary in the past few days. If you are involuntarily isolated with your worries and needs, “then you start to think about yourself and unresolved life issues”. A call to the telephone counseling service can, of course, be helpful here, said Belzner. “We’re trying to keep the services going – right now.”

Trucks can now also drive on Sundays

Friday, March 13, 12:52 p.m .: To ensure the supply of goods, Bavaria is lifting the driving ban for trucks on Sundays and public holidays – regardless of what they are transporting. This will apply from now until the end of March, said Interior Minister Joachim Herrmann. “This makes it easier for us to transport goods around the clock, even on Sundays.” The Bavarian approach is coordinated with neighboring Tyrol, which is the same procedure. The Free State had already loosened the Sunday driving ban for certain goods such as groceries or hygiene articles last week.


Soder calls for tax cuts for the economy

Friday, March 13, 12:29 p.m .: The state government and Bavarian business representatives have set up a joint crisis team. He should meet at least once a week and advise on how to alleviate the economic impact of the coronavirus outbreak. This was announced by Prime Minister Markus Soder (CSU), Economics Minister Hubert Aiwanger (FW) and the umbrella organizations of the economy. Soder and Aiwanger also want to open a “Bavarian rescue package” for small and medium-sized companies. The most important thing was that the companies remained solvent, said Soder. Besides, to help from the state’s development bank and a possible new “Bayernfonds”, all authorities in the Free State are encouraged to support companies, for example by suspending fees or deferring tax payments. At the federal level, thought would also have to be given to reducing the electricity tax or the levy on electricity from renewable energy sources – this would make energy cheaper. For hotels and restaurants, VAT must be reduced, Soder said. A recession was imminent, said Soder, and the “loss of thousands, maybe millions of jobs” had to be avoided. The business representatives were relieved by the measures. “Everything that supports the economy is useful,” said Wolfram Hatz, President of the Association of Bavarian Businesses. demanded Soder. A recession was imminent, said Soder, and the “loss of thousands, maybe millions of jobs” had to be avoided. The business representatives were relieved by the measures. “Everything that supports the economy is useful,” said Wolfram Hatz, President of the Association of Bavarian Businesses. demanded Soder. A recession was imminent, said Soder, and the “loss of thousands, maybe millions of jobs” had to be avoided. The business representatives were relieved by the measures. “Everything that supports the economy is useful,” said Wolfram Hatz, President of the Association of Bavarian Businesses.


Meanwhile, the second round of collective bargaining negotiations planned for Monday in the Bavarian metal and electronics industry has been postponed until further notice. Because of the spread of the new type of coronavirus, the talks should have taken place in a significantly reduced cast, now they have been postponed entirely. The talks in Bavaria’s most important industry started earlier than usual this year. The goal was to bring them to an end before the end of the peace obligation on April 28. Whether this will succeed will also depend on when the negotiations can continue.

Bavaria issues a ban on visiting nursing homes and old people’s homes

Friday, March 13, 9.26 a.m .: Because of the spread of the coronavirus, the Free State of Bavaria largely prohibits relatives from visiting old people’s homes and nursing homes. The right to visit is significantly restricted, said Prime Minister Markus Soder on Friday in Munich. Health Minister Melanie Huml explained that anyone who was in a corona risk area such as Italy or who had contact with an infected patient should no longer visit residents of old people’s homes. The regulation also applies to all hospitals and disabled facilities. Besides, visits there would be limited to “one visitor per day, one hour per patient,” said Huml. For example, the ban on visits does not apply to parents if their child is being treated in a clinic or to relatives of a patient who is dying.

In a press conference on Friday morning, Huml and Soder emphasized that the older population, in particular, must now be protected. Therefore, the care of children who are no longer allowed to go to schools or daycare centers from Monday should not be organized with their grandparents.

According to the ideas of the state government, there should also be no event that will attract more than 100 visitors – “for the next few weeks,” as Soder said. This is not a ban; however, the state government wants such events to be reported to cities and municipalities and to be discussed with the authorities. In general, she does not want to close gastronomic businesses, even if Soder expects that many restaurants or pubs may close temporarily due to a lack of customers. “Public life will shut down by itself in the next few weeks.” The local election on Sunday should take place as planned.


Bavaria closes all schools and daycare centers

Friday, March 13, 8:02 a.m .: To curb the spread of the coronavirus, the Free State is closing all schools and daycare centers. The The Eastern Herald Newspaper learned this on Friday morning from circles of the state government. The regulation will apply from next Monday. All facilities will remain closed until Easter. No child in Bavaria will be able to go to school for five weeks. Easter holidays in Bavaria begin on April 4 and end on April 19. The daycare centers will also be closed until April 3rd. However, there are no uniform rules for opening or closing during the holidays, each institution or institution decides on the closing times. The state government plans to provide details on Friday morning at nine o’clock.

Events with fewer than 1000 participants are also checked

Thursday, March 12, 6:52 p.m .: Events with fewer than 1,000 participants can be canceled in Bavaria due to the coronavirus. Minister of Health Melanie Huml (CSU) referred to this on Thursday evening. In such cases, the authorities carry out a precise risk assessment on site. The basis for this is a criteria catalog of the Bavarian State Office for Health and Food Safety (LGL). This catalog includes a points system, in which a cancellation or postponement is recommended, the more points a planned event gets. In the case of events with more than 500 people, based on the LGL’s risk assessment, the recommendation to the local authorities to cancel or postpone the event based on the number of participants alone.

Various criteria would be checked for events with fewer participants. This includes the origin of the participants, the premises or the question of whether there are risk-takers like the elderly or people with previous illnesses in the audience. Huml emphasized: “In Bavaria, the principle applies: All events that are not necessary should be canceled or postponed.” Events with more than 1000 participants have to be canceled, as has been known since Wednesday.


University of the Bundeswehr stops teaching

Thursday, March 12, 6 p.m .: The University of the Federal Armed Forces Munich in Neubiberg has ceased teaching until April 14. This was announced by a spokesman on Thursday evening. Important exams should continue to be held. Research is also continuing. “The university is not being closed completely.”

The University of the Federal Armed Forces in the Munich suburb of Neubiberg was founded in 1973 on the initiative of the then Federal Minister of Defense, Helmut Schmidt, under the name “Hochschule der Bundeswehr Munchen”. It currently has around 3,400 students who are taught by a good 200 lecturers.

First coronavirus death in Bavaria confirmed

Thursday, March 12, 4:04 pm: In Wurzburg, a person died for the first time in Bavaria from the coronavirus. A spokesman for the Bavarian Ministry of Health said: “According to the University Hospital of Wurzburg, it is an over 80-year-old patient with previous illnesses and need of care.” The man died on Thursday night.

Soder suggests that school closings will soon begin in Bavaria

Thursday, March 12, 2:45 p.m .: Prime Minister Markus Soder (CSU) indicates that significantly more schools will soon be closed in the Free State. For Bavaria, he does not rule out general, comprehensive school closings, he said after a meeting of the prime ministers in Berlin; this also includes daycare centers. “We have to adjust our pace of development.” About a closure that the state government had previously refused, it should be decided on Friday morning, you want to wait for advice at the Chancellery on Thursday. Soder did not give details, but announced that if there were to be a closure, there would be emergency care “for relevant target groups”. He asked the Ministry of Health, Social Affairs, and Culture to “prepare for the situation that we might have to make such decisions”.


Now 500 people in Bavaria infected with Sars-CoV-2

Thursday, March 12, 2:25 p.m .: The number of coronavirus infections in Bavaria has skyrocketed – from a good 130 to a total of 500. The State Office for Health and Food Safety (LGL) reported on Thursday afternoon. Over half of the patients live in Upper Bavaria. The state capital is particularly affected: 96 cases were reported by the LGL from Munich. Measured by the number of inhabitants, the virus has spread most widely in the Freising district. So far, 56 infections have been identified, and Munich has about eight times as many people as in this district.

Schools are closed especially in Upper Bavaria

Thursday, March 12, 1:50 p.m .: In the meantime, more than 100 schools in Bavaria have been closed due to confirmed coronavirus infections among teachers and students. In the early Thursday afternoon, the Ministry of Culture reported 109 facilities that were closed. More than half of these schools are located in Upper Bavaria, in Munich alone, there were no classes at 26 schools. Partial closings are not included in the figures – if only individual classes have to stay at home due to suspected corona cases. You can find an overview of the current school closings in Bavaria here.

FC Augsburg play three home games without an audience

Thursday, March 12, 11:43 a.m .: FC Augsburg will play the next three home games of the Bundesliga against Wolfsburg, Cologne and Paderborn without spectators and will significantly reduce the supporting program. “This is of course not a nice day,” said managing director Michael Stroll on Thursday, but described the measures in the fight against the further spread of the coronavirus as “without alternative in the current situation”. The Free State of Bavaria had this week to cancel events with more than 1000 participants. In the game on Sunday against VfL Wolfsburg, “probably a maximum of 100 to 150” employees and helpers will be in the stadium, said Stroll. Journalists were also admitted to the game. However, there will be no interviews in a so-called mixed zone. Besides, announcements by the stadium announcer are dispensed with, there is no incoming music and no fanfares at goals. “We will have a very, very narrow ensemble around the game,” said Stroll.

He also said that the financial loss for the FCA was in the high six-figure range and was “enormous”. “It hits us hard. It’s not dramatic, but it’s very sensitive.” But there is no need to worry about FC Augsburg because they have built up some reserves in the past few years in the Bundesliga. Day ticket holders can request the admission price back. Fans with annual tickets would also receive compensation. But details will only be given when it is clear whether the three home games will remain without spectators or whether there will be more afterward.


Evangelical church moves state synod

Thursday, March 12, 10:49 am: The spring conference of the Bavarian Evangelical State Synod is postponed. State Bishop Heinrich Bedford-Strohm announced this. “With this decision, we are participating in the general prevention efforts against the further spread of the coronavirus,” he said. The constituent meeting of the newly elected church parliament in December was supposed to take place in Bayreuth from March 22 to 26. Also, according to the state church, there will initially be no services for inaugurations or inaugurations – because people from all over Bavaria would often come together for these.

Airport controller tested positive

Thursday, March 12, 9.45 a.m .: A security employee at Munich Airport has tested positive for the coronavirus. The employee concerned is not on duty, said a spokeswoman for the government of Upper Bavaria. His colleagues in the work unit were also released from work until further notice. The person with whom the infected person had further contact was determined. The passenger controls at the airport are not affected by this and initially continued.

Irrespective of this, the Bavarian Interior Minister Joachim Herrmann (CSU) assumes, in his own words, that controls, particularly at airports, need to be tightened even further. Everything must be done to ensure that “from Asia, this applies to China as well as to Iran, which has become a large risk area, that no additional contagion risks are imported here,” said Herrmann on Deutschlandfunk. He also advocates that the governments of all federal states “pick themselves up” and take resolute decisions to contain the virus. “It makes no sense that things are allowed in one country and prohibited in another.” It needed “acting together”.


Archdiocese of Munich and Freising cancels all baptisms and confirmations until Easter

Thursday, March 12, 9:23 p.m .: The coronavirus has a deep impact on church life: The Archdiocese of Munich and Freising is the first of the Bavarian dioceses to take far-reaching measures against the further spread of the pathogen. So all confirmations and baptisms are postponed – for the time being until Easter. Even church services, senior citizens’ or company afternoons should no longer take place “in doubt”, the church choirs should no longer meet for rehearsals, said the archbishopric. This is recommended by the specially set up crisis team.

The diocese leadership has already canceled two major services: Archbishop Reinhard Marx will neither celebrate Mass for Pope Sunday in Munich’s Cathedral of Our Lady next Sunday nor will the Cross of the Nations take place, in which several thousand people usually take part in Good Friday in Munich. How to proceed with the great services on Good Friday and Easter has not yet been decided.

Researchers suspect: pathogen came to Italy from Stockdorf

Wednesday, March 11, 9:13 p.m .: Scientists speculate that the coronavirus was not imported directly from China, but via Munich to Italy. This is the conclusion reached by a team of researchers from Milan. He was also unable to identify the person who triggered all further infections in Italy. But the experts draw a connection to a case in Germany after a detailed gene analysis of the virus spread. It’s about a person who in all likelihood got infected in Munich between January 19 and 22, says team leader Massimo Galli from the Sacco Clinic in Milan.

The German patient caught the virus after contacting someone who came from Shanghai. By this you mean one of the employees of the automotive supplier Webasto, whose headquarters in Stockdorf near Munich the first infections in Germany occurred at the end of January. From there, the virus may have reached Italy, where it would have probably spread from January 25 or 26 without any symptoms being apparent, the researchers from Milan argue. The first infection was not found in Lombardy until February 21. The hypothesis that the pathogen did not come to Italy from China but Bavaria was first discussed by experts last week.


Government is considering bringing Easter vacation ahead

Wednesday, March 11, 5:59 p.m .: Even if the voices, which call for a general closure of all schools, are getting louder – the state government currently does not want to know about this. Minister of Culture Michael Piazolo (free voters) urges calm and maintains the previous line of closing schools individually in consultation with the health authorities if infections occur there. The government fears significant effects on fire departments, hospitals, and the police if parents suddenly have to look after their children at home. However, internally it is being discussed to bring forward the Easter holidays, which start on April 6th. Everything is possible, Prime Minister Markus Soder (CSU) said after the cabinet meeting on Tuesday. Around 80 schools remained in the Free State on Wednesday.

Weilheim patient is transferred to the university clinic

Wednesday, March 11, 3:45 p.m .: The condition of the 80-year-old coronavirus patient in the hospital in Weilheim has deteriorated to such an extent that he had to be transferred to the Klinikum Rechts der Isar in Munich. On the night of Wednesday, the doctors in the intensive care unit were forced to increase the intensity of ventilation, report the Weilheim district office. It is becoming apparent that the man needs external lung support that is only available in special centers of university hospitals. The authorities previously described his condition as “critical”. The patient suffers from pneumonia as a result of his infection and is treated with an HIV drug. The clinic also expects the Ebola preparation “Remdesivir”, which was requested in the USA. It should be immediately passed on to the clinical center on the right bank of the Isar.

Augsburg Plarrer canceledWednesday, March 11, 2:55 p.m .: The “largest fair of Swabia”, the Augsburg Plarrer, has been canceled. This was confirmed by a spokeswoman for the city on Wednesday. The Easter blarney should have taken place from April 12th to 26th, and had been calculated with more than half a million visitors. So far it is unclear whether the Augsburg Osterdult on the bird wall between Jakobertor and Vogeltor has to be canceled. The market was scheduled for April 11-26. Showers complain that more and more popular festivals are being canceled. State Office reports 52 new infectionsWednesday, March 11, 2:48 p.m .: A further 52 people in Bavaria are infected with the Sars-CoV-2 coronavirus. The State Office for Health and Food Safety, based in Erlangen, announced on Monday on its website. In total, there are at least 366 people in the Free State who tested positive for the pathogen Sars-CoV-2. This includes the first 14 infected people, all of whom were connected to the car supplier Webasto from Gauting-Stockdorf near Munich when they were considered cured and were discharged from the hospitals. Also included are three Bavarians who tested positive outside of the Free State. Church advises on corona consequences for Easter services.


Wednesday, March 11, 2:36 p.m .: The Archdiocese of Munich and Freising has set up a crisis team to deal with the coronavirus. The Archbishop’s Ordinariate announced on Wednesday in Munich that he would advise what consequences would be drawn for church life. The recommendations of the Robert Koch Institute (RKI) and the authorities will be followed. The decisions should be announced on Wednesday evening. The churches are very well attended on public holidays such as Good Friday or Easter. Especially in large places of worship such as the Cathedral of Our Lady in Munich, many believers come together. To what extent these services given the ban on large-scale events with more than 1000 visitors the recommendation that events with 500 to 1000 participants can be canceled is unclear. The German Bishops’ Conference (DBK) has already sent recommendations to the churches in Germany. Among other things, priests and communion helpers are recommended to wash their hands before their ministry and better to disinfect them. In many places, there is also no greeting of peace during the services.

Clinics in Bavaria: Corona crisis under control

Wednesday, March 11, 2:31 p.m .: The hospitals in Bavaria have the corona situation under their control. A spokesman for the Bavarian Hospital Association said in Munich on Wednesday that he knew nothing about operations that had been postponed or postponed due to the epidemic. There was also enough capacity to isolate patients. It is helpful that some cases can be treated at home. The occupancy rate is within limits. So far, clinic employees have not been infected to a degree or in quarantine, which would have consequences for the company, said the spokesman. But all of these are just snapshots. Forecasts are very difficult these days.

Minister of Social Affairs wants to care more about seniors because of Corona

Wednesday, March 11, 1:11 p.m .: Given the progressive spread of the new coronavirus in Bavaria, Minister of Social Affairs Carolina Trautner wants to take care of senior citizens. To this end, she wants to promptly invite charities and local umbrella organizations to an open exchange, said the CSU politician on Wednesday. In connection with the coronavirus, she takes the concerns and fears of the elderly very seriously. With this, Trautner responds to a push by workers’ welfare (Awo) in Bavaria, which had asked for more help for single seniors in Bavaria because of the coronavirus. “In this situation, they must not be forgotten, since it is they who are most at risk of being infected,” said Bavaria’s Awo boss Thomas Beyer.

Dachau Concentration Camp Memorial Cancels Ceremony for Liberation

Wednesday, March 11, 11:38 a.m .: The celebrations for the 75th anniversary of the liberation of the concentration camp on May 3 in Dachau have been canceled. The memorial event in the former Flossenburg concentration camp, which was planned for April 26, is also canceled. More than 100 survivors and liberators had already agreed to come for the planned celebrations. The director of the Foundation for Bavarian Memorials, Karl Freller, very much regrets the measure, but emphasizes: “The safety and health, in particular of the elderly former prisoners and liberators and their relatives, come first.” According to Freller, a viable solution is still being sought, within which the liberation of the concentration camps can be adequately assessed. It is also being considered to what extent the official commemorations for the 76th


State Parliament continues to work, access for visitors is severely restricted

Wednesday, March 11, 10:51 a.m .: The Bavarian State Parliament wants to remain able to act but massively restricts access for external visitors, especially for groups. “Bavaria’s parliament will continue to work – but we will adjust to the situation. The aim is to minimize infection risks in the House and outside as much as possible and to do our part to slow the spread of the virus,” said Prime Minister Ilse Aigner ( CSU) with. Aigner had held talks with the Presidium and all parliamentary groups on how parliamentary operations could be continued under the conditions of an epidemic. The talks were about shortening the number of necessary meetings, for example by significantly reducing agenda items and hygiene measures.

However, all visits by groups are canceled, initially until the end of the Easter holidays on April 19. All other events that are not directly related to the work of the Parliament will also be canceled by at least this time. Individual visits to the state parliament should continue to be possible, but with reservations. The so-called questionnaire regulation applies to visitors. Before entering the state parliament, individual visitors must first answer questions about possible trips to risky areas and contacts with potentially infected people.

Munich sets up drive-in test for coronavirus

Tuesday, March 10, 7:25 p.m .: Window open, then a throat swab follows: A new drive-in test is designed to give Munich residents quick certainty whether they have been infected with the virus. Meanwhile, the number of infected people rises to 68 cases in the city on Tuesday.


Hospitality: situation “threatening existence” due to Corona

Tuesday, March 10, 6:41 p.m .: The Bavarian Hotel and Restaurant Association Dehoga Bayern sees drastic consequences for the tourism industry in the Free State due to the coronavirus epidemic. “What many have not yet grasped: Today it is the restaurants and hotels that have to close, tomorrow all suppliers and service providers that are dependent on the hospitality and tourism sector,” said regional manager Thomas Geppert on Tuesday after a crisis meeting of the district and district chairmen in Bamberg.

The hospitality industry is one of the most important regional economic drivers and a basic prerequisite for tourism. “If the companies break away here, all the companies based on them will no longer exist,” said Geppert. He further emphasized: “The effects of the corona crisis on the Bavarian hospitality industry are not serious, they are dramatic, they are a threat to their existence.”

Companies are worried about their existence and fear of bankruptcy. Terminations are the result. Investments that were planned for a new building, therefore, flow entirely into the survival of the company. The number of cancellations is dramatic, with no new bookings.

Dehoga-Bayern-President Angela Inselkammer said that the measures taken by the grand coalition to support companies could at best be a first step – but they were far from enough. “Here, action has to be taken very, very quickly. Hospitality businesses can only survive for a short time with the structurally determined, extremely thin liquidity cover.”


Home games of FC Bayern and international match affected

Tuesday, March 10, 4:25 p.m .: The international match of the national team against Italy on March 31 in Nuremberg will be held in front of empty ranks due to the spread of the coronavirus. The city of Nuremberg informed the German Football Association on Tuesday, as the DFB announced.

The decision of the Free State to ban events with more than 1000 people affects at least three home games of FC Bayern Munich. The round of 16-second leg in the Champions League on March 18 against Chelsea fell in the same period as the Bundesliga games against Eintracht Frankfurt (March 22) and Fortuna Dusseldorf (April 11-13). Should the German soccer record champions in a probable premier-class quarter-finals on 7/8. April home right, this game would also be affected.

How the effects are exactly was initially not clear. There is much to suggest that these games take place as ghost games without spectators.

Coronavirus takes care of ghost opera in Munich in front of empty ranks

Tuesday, March 10, 4:17 p.m .: The Bavarian State Opera still wants to put selected pieces on stage during the closure – due to the coronavirus – in front of empty stands. Spectators could watch the performances live online, a spokesman said in Munich on Tuesday. Live streams are planned from the academy concert on March 16 and the premiere of the ballet “Schwanensee”. Besides, the opera will offer individual performances as video-on-demand. A corresponding online game schedule is to be published on the Internet shortly.

No major demos from Fridays for Future

Tuesday, March 10, 4:11 p.m .: The climate protection movement Fridays for Future has canceled large demonstrations planned for Friday before the Bavarian local elections. Instead of protesting online, they want to “protest all the louder” online. A spokeswoman said in a press conference broadcast live online in Munich that there were no protests in the big cities, but smaller protests did. There will also be “various creative actions” on Friday.

Another representative of climate protection officials said that one could not yet give more precise figures. Fridays for Future had called for demonstrations especially in Bavaria this Friday to focus on climate protection before the local elections on Sunday.

Activist Luisa Neubauer said in Munich that other states are considering canceling demonstrations to curb the spread of the virus. Instead, “massive digital strikes” will be called for next Friday – this means, for example, posting pictures of protest signs on the Internet.


Bavarian Greens cancel public events with Habeck

Tuesday, March 10, 3:59 p.m .: The Bavarian Greens are now also canceling all public events with Federal President Robert Habeck. A party spokeswoman said on Tuesday on request. This affects ten election campaign events that Habeck would have wanted to take in the days leading up to the Bavarian local elections this Sunday. This includes the campaign highlight planned for Wednesday with Habeck at Munich’s Marienplatz.

CSU cancels all public events until April 19

Tuesday, March 10, 3:19 p.m .: Due to the spread of the coronavirus, the CSU is canceling all public events by the end of the Easter holidays on April 19 – probably throughout Bavaria. “After the feedback from our associations, we assume that all public CSU events will also be canceled,” said Secretary-General Markus Blume on Tuesday. He expects other parties to cancel their public events. “The protection of all citizens must always come first – even during election campaigns,” stressed Blume.

In an email to all local, district and district associations as well as the party executive, Blume had previously informed about the step of the CSU at the state level and “strongly” recommended that all party structures should also follow this requirement. “It is particularly important to think of rallies, panel discussions, election parties and the like.” The conduct of internal meetings, meetings and information stands is at local discretion.

State Office: 58 Coronavirus infections confirmed

Tuesday, March 10, 1:57 p.m .: The health authorities in Bavaria have confirmed 58 further infections with the new coronavirus Sars-CoV-2. This was announced by the State Office for Health and Food Safety, based in Erlangen, on Tuesday. In total, there are at least 314 people in the Free State who tested positive for Sars-CoV-2. You can find an overview of the counties from which they come here.

Free State prohibits events with more than 1000 participants, but no general school closures

Tuesday, March 10, 12.45 p.m .: The Free State of Bavaria has drastic consequences for large events with more than 1000 people. Because of the spread of the novel coronavirus, these are initially prohibited until April 19 inclusive. At the moment, security is a priority, said Prime Minister Markus Soder at a press conference on Tuesday afternoon. Events with 500 to 1000 people are not forbidden, however, the state government recommends a cancellation here.

The Free State itself will close all state theaters, concert halls and opera houses from this Wednesday (March 11) to April 19. At the universities of applied sciences as well as at the art and music colleges, the start of the lecture period will be postponed to April 20. There will currently be no general school closures in Bavaria. However, some schools in the Free State have already stopped teaching.

Soder also fears high losses in future tax revenues and massive effects on the Bavarian economy. “The state has to act here, but wisely,” said Soder.

Oberammergau develops scenarios in the event of a cancellation

Tuesday, March 10, 11:45 a.m .: Jens Spahn (CDU) had recommended on Sunday to cancel events with more than 1000 participants due to the rapid spread of the virus in Germany. The Bavarian Ministry of Health signaled very quickly that it would support Spahn’s proposal. In Oberammergau, the worries are likely to increase a bit with this decision. The Passion Play takes place there from mid-May, spread over more than 100 performances, each with a good 4,500 spectators. It is still a good two months until the premiere on May 16, and because nobody knows whether and how the coronavirus spreads, the Oberammergau develop scenarios in the event of a postponement or cancellation.


Bavaria wants to ban events with more than 1000 guests

Monday, March 9, 7:04 p.m .: Due to the spread of the new type of coronavirus, the Bavarian government wants to ban events with more than 1,000 guests until Good Friday. The black and orange coalition committee agreed on Monday in Munich. Florian Streibl, the group leader of the free voters, has confirmed this to the SZ. The Augsburger Allgemeine had previously reported.

The major Bavarian events that are now likely to be affected include not only soccer games by Bavarian profile clubs but also many traditional spring festivals. The ceremony to mark the 75th anniversary of the liberation of the Dachau concentration camp could also be canceled. Karl Freller, director of the Bavarian Memorials Foundation, said on Monday afternoon: “The tendency is more towards cancellation.” They didn’t want to risk the health of their guests, including 90 elderly survivors and liberators. As an alternative, it is possible to hold the celebrations on a smaller scale and to rely on their media transmission. A postponement to the next year is likely in the event of a cancellation.

The Munich Kammerspiele, the Residenz, Volks, and Gartnerplatz theaters have less than 1,000 seats. There it was previously assumed that the game operations could continue as before. However, it is unclear whether the opera and the Deutsches Theater – both offer space for more than 1000 visitors – can continue their program as originally thought.

39 new infections

Monday, March 9, 6:00 p.m .: A further 39 people in Bavaria are infected with the novel coronavirus Sars-CoV-2. The State Office for Health and Food Safety, based in Erlangen, announced on Monday on its website. In total, 256 people in Bavaria tested positive for Sars-CoV-2. This includes the first 14 infected people, all of whom were connected to the car supplier Webasto from Gauting-Stockdorf near Munich when they were considered cured and were discharged from the hospitals. Also included are three Bavarians who tested positive outside of the Free State.

Two popular festivals canceled

Monday, March 9, 3:10 p.m .: The first folk festivals in Bavaria are canceled. In Puchheim, a city of 20,000 inhabitants west of Munich, the town hall announced that “due to the increasing spread of the coronavirus” the “Start 2020” festival will not take place. It was planned from March 27th to April 5th. The Rotter Volksfest in parish churches in Lower Bavaria has also been canceled. “With a heavy heart”, as the PNP quoted the organizer Helmut Dadlhuber. The festival was to take place there from March 31 to April 5.

Exhibition stop expected until May

Monday, March 9, 2:30 p.m .: Bavarian Minister of Economic Affairs Hubert Aiwanger (free voters) is expecting a two-month trade fair break in the Free State. “I assume that there will be no more trade fairs in Bavaria by mid-May,” he said in a message. Organizers and exhibitors needed clarity. This would also affect the Munich trade fair Ifat, the world’s most important trade fair for water, waste and raw materials management. It is planned to take place from May 4th to 8th with around 150,000 visitors.

Three dozen schools closed

Monday, March 9, 2:25 p.m .: 36 schools are currently closed in Bavaria on instructions from the health authorities. The Ministry of Culture announced on Monday afternoon. The focus is in the greater Munich area, as an overview of the school closings in and around Munich shows. Almost a dozen schools are currently closed in Munich alone, and a similar number in the surrounding area. There are around 6000 schools in Bavaria. Postponing the various final exams due in spring is currently not up for debate, said a spokesman for the ministry. But you have to reassess the situation every day. Minister of Culture Michael Piazolo (Free Voters) will address the topic at the Conference of Ministers of Culture this week.


South Tyrol vacationers in the team: football clubs should publish games

Monday, March 9, 1.45 p.m .: The Bavarian Football Association has adapted its recommendations for action in dealing with the coronavirus. He asks clubs that expect more than 1,000 visitors to attend the next matchday to contact the responsible health authority or the safety authorities, as he said on Monday. “Since the number of amateur games with this number of spectators is manageable, the procedure for checking the individual case applies here. Against the background that the 1000 visitors are distributed differently in a stadium than in events in smaller, closed rooms,” it says in the message. All clubs should “actively” check whether footballers have returned from a risk area in the past two weeks.

Bridging loans for Bavaria’s economy

Monday, March 9, 10.35 a.m .: Economy Minister Hubert Aiwanger (free voters) has promised a kind of protective shield for the Bavarian middle class. The state government will provide 100 million euros for bridging loans, he told the BR. This is to help companies that are in trouble because of the coronavirus. Specifically, it is about difficulties due to interrupted supply chains. In Bavaria’s economy, the epidemic first made itself felt in companies that are heavily dependent on foreign business. Meanwhile, there is concern across the board. More than 80 percent of the companies in the Free State currently surveyed by the chambers of industry and commerce expect the coronavirus to have a partially severe impact on their businesses in the next few weeks.

Infectiologist: No particular risk of infection in the voting booth

Monday, March 9, 7:10 a.m .: According to experts, nobody has to stay at home or apply for postal voting in the local elections in Bavaria because of the coronavirus infections. Infection with the new pathogen Sars-CoV-2 as well as with cold or flu in the voting booth is unlikely, said the spokesman for the German Society for Hospital Hygiene DGKH, Peter Walger. “Usually there are no queues in front of the German voting booths.” However, precautions should be taken here as well as in public life, said the infectiologist. Regular hand-washing prevents germs from spreading to the mucous membranes of the respiratory tract and becoming infected. Keep away from other people because of the droplet infection.

Clinic employee in Rosenheim tested positive for coronavirus

Sunday, March 8, 11:02 p.m .: An employee in a Rosenheim clinic tested positive for the coronavirus. The woman worked in the surgery of the RoMed clinic, said the hospital. She is in quarantine at home. The patients she treated were isolated. The employee’s closer contacts are also in quarantine at home. Besides, as a precaution, general surgical patients were brought to the RoMed clinics in Bad Aibling, Prien am Chiemsee and Wasserburg am Inn. In the other specialist areas, patients would continue to receive regular care.

Number of infections rises to 214

Sunday, March 8, 4:52 p.m .: The Free State of Bavaria again reports significantly more coronavirus cases. According to the State Office for Health and Food Safety, 67 further cases had been reported by Sunday afternoon. The current total number rose to 200, including the 14 patients who had already been discharged, resulting in a total of 214 infections to date. According to Health Minister Melanie Huml, in addition to many mild cases, “two to three patients” are also more seriously ill.

One of them is an 80-year-old who is being treated in the intensive care unit in Weilheim. Medical director Andreas Knez reports that he has pneumonia as a result of his coronavirus infection and must be ventilated. The man has been in “critical condition” since Friday. He is one of the most seriously ill in Germany and is given a medication that is supposed to inhibit the multiplication of the pathogen in the case of HIV infection. Besides, the clinic is expecting an Ebola preparation that is difficult to obtain, and the government of Upper Bavaria has granted a special permit for its use.

Nockherberg postponed indefinitely

Sunday, March 8, 4:11 p.m .: The strong beer tapping on Munich’s Nockherberg is postponed due to the coronavirus- indefinitely. This was announced by the organizing Paulaner brewery. The spokeswoman said there was great hope that the strong beer tapping could take place. “As it is not a major public event and there is a limited number of 560 guests,” she said. The coronavirus crisis team of the state government had seen numerous infection risks at the event and advised to cancel or postpone the strong beer tapping. This clear recommendation led to the decision to allow the event to take place at a later date said the Paulaner spokeswoman. That also applies to the dress rehearsal. Artists and employees had been preparing for months and had been rehearsing very intensively for weeks. “We want them to get the applause they deserve.”


Further schools in Munich closed

Sunday, March 8, 12.44 p.m .: Further schools in Munich are closed due to coronavirus infections: the municipal Wilhelm-Busch-Realschule, the Archbishop’s Maria-Ward-Gymnasium and the Special Education Center Munich-East. The city announced on Sunday afternoon. They all stay for almost two weeks, up to and including March 20. At the city’s Robert Bosch technical college, several classes had been closed as a precaution because of a suspected Corona case. As soon as the test result is available, the health department can decide whether it is necessary to close the entire school.

The SZ has compiled a list of closed schools in Munich and the surrounding districts.

31 further coronavirus cases confirmed in Bavaria

Saturday, March 7, 4:50 p.m .: The Bavarian Ministry of Health confirmed 31 further coronavirus cases in Bavaria on Saturday afternoon. Including the 14 already discharged patients, there are a total of 147 infections to date in the Free State.

SPD calls for corona test centers in all counties

Saturday, March 7, 2:50 p.m .: Given the spreading of new coronavirus, the state SPD is calling for regional test centers to be set up. If possible, this should be in every Bavarian district, said the health expert of the SPD parliamentary group, Ruth Waldmann. “The current situation is that many doctors and especially pediatric practices and clinics are simply overwhelmed by the rush of unsettled patients,” she said. The main problem is that the capacity of 2500 tests a day was insufficient.

The information hotline advertised by the state government at the State Office for Health and Food Safety (LGL) is so overloaded “that the callers don’t even get on hold, but fly straight out of the line.” It would be better to have a central contact point in the district, in health offices, multi-purpose halls or tents, where you can be tested without possibly infecting others, said Waldmann, who is also the deputy chair of the health committee in the state parliament. “With home calls by the on-call service, the additional corona-related need can no longer be met.”

Munich’s OB criticizes the Nockherberg plans

Saturday, March 7, 1:19 p.m .: Munich Mayor Dieter Reiter (SPD) is irritated by the discussion about a possible cancellation of the Nockherberg performance due to the coronavirus. “As I have learned, the pre-rehearsal and the dress rehearsal for the performance of the Singspiel am Nockherberg should take place as planned, in front of an audience,” Reiter was quoted in a statement from the city. But if at the same time the guests, including politicians, were strongly recommended by the Free State not to participate, he did not understand why the rehearsals should take place in front of an audience. “I find this differentiation neither logical for health reasons nor politically acceptable in any way,” said Reiter. He does not make a distinction between “normal” and politician audiences.

On Friday, the head of the organizing Paulaner brewery, Andreas Steinfatt, said that the popular politician Derblecken for the strong beer tapping would not take place as planned. At the same time, he had announced that he would work for an alternative solution so that the work of those involved was not in vain.

A spokesman for the Ministry of Health later said on Saturday that the recommendation of the Coronavirus crisis team for a cancellation of the strong beer tapping was not only aimed at politicians. “The crisis team believes that the planned Nockherberg event involves numerous coronavirus infection risks. It is therefore imperative that the organizers cancel or reschedule the strong beer tapping.” And the spokesman emphasized: “Of course there should also be no public rehearsals with an audience.”


South Tyrol vacationers are no longer allowed in daycare centers and schools

Saturday, March 7, 11:40 a.m .: The Bavarian Ministry of Health has prohibited all parents from sending their child to school or kindergarten if it has been in a coronavirus risk area such as South Tyrol in the past 14 days. A corresponding general decision was issued on Saturday, the Ministry announced in the late morning. The entry ban now applies to all schools, daycare centers, special education daycare centers as well as daycare centers and childcare. In these facilities, the risk is otherwise too great “that infections will spread within the facility and that these will be carried home to the families,” according to the ruling. Children and young people are also “

The ruling applies to all returnees from areas that the Robert Koch Institute classifies as a risk area. These are currently parts of Iran, South Korea, and China, but also the Italian regions of Lombardy and Emilia-Romagna as well as South Tyrol. The 14-day period begins on the day of return, only then can the child return to school or daycare.

OB Reiter warns: Protective clothing is becoming scarce in clinics

Saturday, March 7, 6:50 am: Mayor of Munich, Dieter Reiter, is asking the Free State and the Federal Government for support in equipping protective equipment for clinics and doctors. “We have enough protective clothing for a few more days, but it will be tight,” he said, “We urgently need supplies.” The municipal group Munich Clinic recently ordered material from a manufacturer in France, but the order was canceled on instructions from the French government.

Numismata coin collector fair is canceled

Saturday, March 7, 6:35 a.m .: Numismata, a large Munich fair for collectors of coins and medals, has been canceled. The organizer announced. It was supposed to take place this weekend in the MOC exhibition and event center in Freimann.

More than 100 Bavarians have been infected with the virus

Friday, March 6, 4:30 p.m .: 29 further coronavirus cases within a day – that is the balance of the Ministry of Health on Friday afternoon. Currently, 102 people in Bavaria have contracted the pathogen Sars-CoV-2. Including the 14 patients already discharged as healthy, there are a total of 116 infections in Bavaria to date.

A total of 26 cases in Munich

Friday, March 6, 3:19 p.m .: The number of people infected with the coronavirus in Munich continues to increase. A total of 26 cases have been proven so far, the city announced on Friday afternoon.

After a stay in South Tyrol: Students should stay at home

Friday, March 6, 2:31 p.m .: Students who have been in South Tyrol for the past 14 days should stay at home next week. The Bavarian Ministry of Health announced on Friday. The background is that the Robert Koch Institute has declared South Tyrol a risk area. The state government’s crisis team has also established a uniform line for school closings: if a confirmed case occurs there, it should be closed as a whole. If there is a reasonable suspicion – for example, a person with a fever who was in a risk area but has not yet tested positive for the pathogen – the respective class should remain at home. How long, that depends “on the specific individual case”.


Mayor candidate infected: contacts wanted

Friday, March 6, 1:45 p.m .: Because of a candidate for mayor infected with the coronavirus, the Augsburg district office publicly searches for people who he met during the election campaign, for example. It is about Werner Halank, who wants to move into the town hall for free voters in Bonstetten northwest of Augsburg, said a spokesman for the district office. The lawyer recently ran a “massive election campaign”. So now try to quickly limit the number of contacts by calling. “He shook a lot of hands, so there is no other way.” The district office also published a list of Halank’s campaign activities in the 1400-inhabitant community.

An unusual procedure: Halank is likely to be the first coronavirus patient in Bavaria, whose name the authorities make public – and also that his wife has also been infected. This is normally opposed to personal rights, but the candidate agrees with the procedure, said Augsburg district administrator Martin Sailer. He has meanwhile canceled his participation in election events and appeals to everyone to follow his example to curb the spread of the virus.

Nockherberg is expected to be canceled

Friday, March 6, 11.35 a.m .: Due to the coronavirus, the well-known strong beer tapping at Munich’s Nockherberg will probably not take place. Andreas Steinfatt, the head of the Paulaner brewery, announced this on Friday afternoon. This was not yet a final cancellation, but the authorities had recommended that all politicians stay away from the event. So it no longer makes sense, said Steinfatt. The brewery organizes the strong beer tapping every year with the fasting sermon by actor Maxi Schafroth and a singspiel in which politicians double up. Several hundred guests come to the event, which should take place next Wednesday, and is usually broadcast live on Bavarian television.

Further schools in Bavaria closed

Friday, March 6th, 7:02 am: Due to the coronavirus, several schools in Bavaria are closed on Friday. In Munich, the Wilhelm-Hausenstein-Gymnasium and the vocational school center on Riesstrasse are affected because pupils tested positive for Sars-CoV-2. To remain the primary school of Au in the district of Freising and the Lise-Meitner-Gymnasium in Unterhaching. Also the FOS in Karlsfeldstays because of a positive tested student. Also, the Realschule in Herzogenaurach, the Labenwolf Gymnasium and the elementary school Sankt Johannis (both in Nuremberg), the Christian-Ernst-Gymnasium in Erlangen, the private all-day school in Holzkirchen, at the elementary school and the grammar school will be canceled next Monday. The Leonhard Frank elementary school in Wurzburg Heuchelhof and Rottenbauer remain closed, both up to and including next Friday. The suspicion has not been confirmed at the Ritter-Tuschl primary school in Vilshofen, although the school will still be closed on Friday, but lessons will take place again on Monday.

Health officer: Only serious cases in the clinic

Thursday, March 5, 9:28 p.m. Munich health officer Stephanie Jacobs suggests that given the increasing number of infected people, only patients with severe symptoms should be treated in hospitals. “So far, all positive cases have to be housed in an isolation ward,” says a statement from the city. It is foreseeable that many beds will be occupied as a result. Therefore, those who have no or only weak symptoms of the virus should only remain in-home quarantine. “This is the only way we can maintain sufficient capacity to care for all those affected, especially the seriously ill, in the long term,” says Jacobs.

Vocational school center in Munich closed

Thursday, March 5, 8:52 p.m .: A student at the vocational school center in Munich also tested positive for the coronavirus on Thursday. The school will, therefore, remain closed until March 11, as the city ​​of Munich announced in the evening. Students should stay at home.

Ministry of Health reports seven more cases

Thursday, March 5, 7:32 p.m .: The number of new infections in Bavaria increased again on Thursday, the Ministry of Health announced in the evening that seven other cases had become known. One case each was reported from the Upper Bavarian district of Starnberg, from Munich and the Lower Franconian district of Bad Kissingen, as well as four further cases from the Middle Franconian town of Erlangen. Since last Thursday there have been 73 new confirmed coronavirus patients in Bavaria, the total number is now 87 cases.


Munich closes two kindergartens and a high school

Thursday, March 5, 4:18 p.m .: Two childcare centers and one school in Munich are now closed as a precaution. The city announced that it was the Catholic kindergartens St. Rita and St. Klara and the Wilhelm Hausenstein high school. Coronavirus infections were confirmed everywhere. The kindergartens were closed for two weeks; the duration at the grammar school depends on the result of the necessary investigations of possible contact persons. Also in Graefelfing southwest of Munich, a kindergarten is temporarily closed, as became known in the afternoon.

The number of infections continues to rise

Thursday, March 5, 2:38 p.m .: The Ministry of Health reports another dozen new coronavirus cases in Bavaria, bringing the total to 80. According to the report, the patients come from the Neustadt / Aisch-Bad Windsheim district (three cases) and the district Freising (three cases); One case each was reported from Nuremberg and the districts of Roth, Munich, Weilheim-Schongau, Oberallgau, and Amberg-Sulzbach.

Doctors are now taking smears at home

Thursday, March 5, 1.45 p.m .: Given the increasing number of suspected coronavirus cases, the Association of Statutory Health Insurance Physicians in Bavaria (KVB) is offering a home visit service. The KVB announced that this should prevent the Sars-CoV-2 virus from spreading in the practices of general practitioners and specialists. If there is a suspicion, the doctor comes with a vehicle that has the necessary protective equipment on board. The doctors had volunteered for the service, said a KVB spokesman.

The doctor then takes the sample for the virus test at home. After the analysis in the laboratory, the person concerned is informed about the result and possible further measures. Around 250 tests had already been carried out from Friday to Wednesday. Up to 160 vehicles are in use at peak times. Patients suspected of being infected should call 116117 and should not go to medical practices without consulting them.

Munich real estate fair postponed

Thursday, March 5, 11:55 a.m .: Another fair has been postponed in the state capital because of the coronavirus: The Munich real estate fair will not take place from March 20 to March 22 as planned, but from April 24 to April 26 said the organizers. Although “it takes place at a narrowly limited, regional level and thus does not fall into the risk group of major international events”, the decision was taken to follow the recommendation of the Munich Health Office in Munich and to hold it “as a precaution” only at the end of April.

Twelve other patients in Bavaria

Thursday, March 5, 10.50 a.m .: The number of confirmed coronavirus infections in Bavaria has risen to 68 by Thursday morning. According to the Ministry of Health, twelve other cases have been reported. This means that 54 people in the Free State infected with the Sars-CoV-2 pathogen within a week. If one includes the patients who have already been discharged as healthy, there are a total of 68 cases. Four of the new 12 cases were reported from Munich, two each from Wurzburg and the districts of Miesbach and Neu-Ulm, one case each from the Aichach-Friedberg and Erlangen-Hochstadt districts.

Schools in Unterhaching, Wurzburg, and Vilshofen remain closed

Thursday, March 5, 2:30 am: In Wurzburg and Unterhaching, three further cases of the coronavirus were confirmed on Thursday night, and schools were therefore initially closed. In Unterhaching, a child who attended the Lise-Meitner-Gymnasium was demonstrably infected with Sars-CoV-2, said the district office in Munich. The health department and the school management had therefore decided to close the school on Thursday and Friday. All students should, therefore, stay at home. In Wurzburg, two young adults tested positive for the virus. In connection with this, the Leonhard Frank school in the Heuchelhof district remains closed, the city of Wurzburg announced. It is “a preventive measure”. Like the main post reported, the family of one of the students had contact with one of the two infected people in the last days of Mardi Gras. The city is now checking whether the family is infected. In Vilshofen, Lower Bavaria, the Ritter-Tuschl primary school was closed until Friday, according to the city.

Coronavirus reaches local election campaign

Wednesday, March 4, 6:21 pm: The novel coronavirus has the first effects on the election campaign in the Dachau district. The SPD district council candidate Hubert Bock from Markt Indersdorf has to cancel all public appearances until further notice. He had suspicious symptoms on Sunday and was then tested for the virus on Monday. The test is negative, but Bock has to stay at home like all other suspected cases. He is still in quarantine until Thursday, March 12th – elected three days later, on Sunday, March 15th. Michael Hillebrand, the CSU candidate for mayor in Au in the Freising district, is currently experiencing the same thing, currently the largest coronavirus hotspot in Bavaria.


Bavarian Red Cross calls “alarm level 1”

Wednesday, March 4, 5:45 pm: The Bavarian Red Cross (BRK) announced “Alarm Level 1” on Wednesday afternoon. The reason is “the currently unforeseeable situation around the coronavirus” as well as the progressive “scarcity of relevant materials of personal protective equipment”. This includes breathing masks, protective coats or disinfectants. “The self-protection of our honorary and full-time employees has top priority,” said BRK President Theo Zellner.

There are a total of three alarm levels, with level one being the lowest at which there is a “check of the alarm security of individual units, the material, and the accessibility”. The alarm level applies to all disaster relief units of the Bavarian aid organizations. In addition to the BRK, it also refers to the Arbeiter-Samariter-Bund, the Johanniter, and the Malteser. The rapid response groups that are responsible for the care, transport and medical treatment of a large number of people are addressed. Alarm level one also means that it should be ensured that a crisis team can meet within two hours. Before the first alarm level is triggered, according to spokesman Sohrab Taheri-Sohi, it is also standard at the BRK to look at the current international situation. As a result, the decision of the Turkish government to open the borders to Europe for refugees also plays a role. This could lead to the fact that these will soon come to Bavaria and have to be supplied here. The decisive factor for the decision, however, was the current shortage of protective materials.

When major events should be canceled

Wednesday, March 4, 5:21 p.m .: Das Starkbierfest in Rosenheim steht kurz vor der Absage, sein Pendant auf dem Munchner Nockherberg hingegen (noch) nicht: Der Umgang mit Grossveranstaltungen angesichts der raschen Ausbreitung des Coronavirus mag als widerspruchlich erscheinen. Doch es konne gute Grunde dafur geben, sagt Andreas Zapf, Chef des Landesamts fur Gesundheit und Lebensmittelsicherheit (LGL). Zustandig seien die ortlichen Behorden, die sich mit den Veranstaltern besprechen. Entscheidend sei fur sie ein bundesweit gultiger Kriterienkatalog: Wie viele Teilnehmer kommen und woher? Wie lange und wie eng sitzen oder stehen sie zusammen? Und wo – in einem kleinen Saal oder einem grossen, gut durchlufteten Raum? Diese Kriterien mussten bewertet und abgewogen werden, sagt Zapf. “Das Primat der Gesundheit steht uber allem, aber wir durfen nicht in Panik und Hysterie verfallen und jegliche Veranstaltung verbieten.” Laut LGL sind in Bayern bislang alle Absagen durch den Veranstalter erfolgt und nicht durch eine Behorde angeordnet worden. Genauso wie die (Teil-)Schliessungen von Firmengebauden – diese hatten die Unternehmen von sich aus veranlasst.

Ministry reports five more Covid-19 cases

Wednesday, March 4, 3:25 p.m .: And again new cases in Bavaria: The Ministry of Health reports five confirmed infections in the districts of Lindau on Lake Constance, Augsburg, Erding and Passau and from the city of Nuremberg. There are currently 42 patients in Bavaria with Covid-19. According to the State Office for Health and Food Safety (LGL), several hundred people are quarantined at home in the Free State because they had closer contact with one of the infected.


Bavaria orders a million protective masks

Wednesday, March 4, 2:23 p.m .: After the many complaints, especially from doctors, that they are insufficiently equipped to deal with the new suspected coronavirus cases, the authorities are counting on an early improvement. The Free State has now ordered a million protective masks, said Andreas Zapf, head of the State Office for Health and Food Safety (LGL), on Wednesday. He was optimistic that these would be delivered soon – a corresponding manufacturer had been found. “We have put a lot of effort into it and hope that the situation will ease in the next few days,” said Zapf. Then you could also evaluate how to ensure the supply of protective equipment in the future. At the same time, the LGL chief emphasized that the doctors themselves are responsible for this.

Four new infections confirmed

Wednesday, March 4, 12.37 p.m .: Another four people in Bavaria were infected with the coronavirus. The Ministry of Health confirmed this on Wednesday afternoon. Two new cases were reported from the district of Munich, another from the Upper Bavarian district of Freising and one from the city of Nuremberg. The virus has now infected a total of 51 people in Bavaria.

Eleven other cases in Bavaria

Wednesday, March 4, 10:37 am: The number of coronavirus infections in Bavaria is skyrocketing: the Ministry of Health confirmed eleven further cases on Wednesday morning. This means that 33 people in Bavaria have had the novel lung disease Covid-19 for almost a week. If one includes the 14 already discharged patients, there are 47 cases in the Free State. The situation is particularly serious in the Freising district: six of the eleven new patients live there. Two new cases were reported from Munich and one new case each from the districts of Augsburg, Ostallgau, and Lindau.

Two kindergartens in the district of Passau closed

Wednesday, March 4, 10:37 am: Because a resident of the city was infected with the pathogen Sars-CoV-2, Vilshofen on the Danube (Passau district) closed two kindergartens as a precaution. It is currently being determined whether there are possible contacts of the man in the daycare centers St. Benedikt in Alkofen and St. Raphael in Vilshofen, according to a statement by the city. There is no specific suspicion, but it was decided in consultation with the health department to close both facilities at least until Thursday inclusive.

Millions lost after the craft fair was canceled

Wednesday, March 4, 8.25 a.m .: The fact that the International Handicraft Fair (IHM) does not take place this year means that many companies suffer a lot of losses. Not only for exhibiting tradesmen who may now be sitting at the expense of their trade fair stands and who miss a good opportunity to conclude new orders. But also for the trade and gastronomy in Munich. After all, more than 100,000 visitors were expected to visit the IHM in Munich. He estimates the total loss as a result of the cancellation at a two to three-digit million amount said Franz Xaver Peteranderl, the president of the Chamber of Crafts for Munich and Upper Bavaria. Christian Schottenhamel from the Hotel and Restaurant Association in Munich complains about significant failures in his industry: “Unfortunately there are many cancellations and cancellations.” He now hoped for financial aid from the state.


Mechanical engineering company DMG Mori wants to restart operations

Tuesday, March 3, 4:28 pm: After an employee became ill due to the new coronavirus, DMG Mori wants to reopen its Pfronten site on Thursday. A company spokesman said that the 1,600 employees of the mechanical engineering company in the Allgau community were to stay at home again on Wednesday. Originally, the plant was only scheduled to be closed on Monday and Tuesday.

A 36-year-old employee had tested positive for Sars-CoV-2 at the end of last week, and subsequently his partner. Knuttel reported that all employees who were in direct contact with the patient had been tested in the meantime. The results should be available by Wednesday. Besides, DMG Mori had the location cleaned professionally. The company wants to “make up for the production backlog caused by the three-day closure” at short notice to meet all delivery dates for customers.

First infection in Lower Bavaria

Tuesday, March 3, 2:58 p.m .: The coronavirus has now reached Lower Bavaria. On Tuesday afternoon, the Ministry of Health reported the 22nd case in Bavaria: Another person had been infected in the Passau district. So far, 36 cases have occurred in the Free State.

Munich sees “no reason” to postpone the local elections

Tuesday, March 3, 2:35 p.m .: A postponement of local elections is currently not an issue for the city of Munich. There is “no reason” for this, and there is no sign of it either, said the district administration department responsible for the election. Should this change, the Free State would also have to decide on such a postponement. A municipality like the city of Munich cannot change the date independently.

“Going to vote is like shopping in a supermarket or taking the subway – a matter of course. And from a theoretical risk of infection, it is comparable,” said Munich district administration officer Thomas Bohle. He understood the concerns that some were now worried about. “But when it comes to local elections, they’re unfounded.” In the polling stations, for example, there are enough opportunities to wash your hands. Everyone can also bring their pen. In the municipal election in just under two weeks, on March 15th, 755 polling stations will be open in Munich; the votes of the postal voters are counted in the halls of the fair in Riem. Around 14,000 election workers will then be deployed.


“Pro Seven Convened 1” bosses in quarantine

Tuesday, March 3, 12:19 p.m .: The head of Pro Sieben Sat 1, Max Conze, and his CFO Rainer Beaujean have to work from home after a coronavirus case in the company and have canceled the planned press conference in Unterfohring. They will webcast the numbers on Thursday on the Internet, as a spokeswoman said. An employee in Dusseldorf was infected with the virus. His contacts and their contacts in Unterfohring – around 200 people in total – have therefore been working as a precaution in the home office for a week, including Conze and Beaujean, as has now become known. The quarantine expires at the end of this week.

Other large Munich companies are also increasingly feeling the effects of the coronavirus outbreak. Around 150 employees of the research and innovation center are currently staying at BMW because a colleague has become infected. Also at the Dax group Wirecard, which has its headquarters in the Munich suburb of Aschheim, an employee has tested positive for the Sars-CoV-2 virus. Besides, an employee of an external service provider fell ill, the financial service provider said. 20 employees who had had contact with the infected in the past 14 days remained at home until further notice.

Three trade fairs in Munich have already been canceled

Tuesday, March 3, 9:35 am: The spread of the coronavirus is increasingly affecting the business of the Munich trade fair. At the urging of the authorities, not only the International Handicraft Fair (IHM) was canceled on Monday evening. The High End, a trade fair for manufacturers, sellers and buyers of high-quality audio devices, has already been canceled, even if it should only have taken place in mid-May. Command Control, a meeting of the cybersecurity industry, should have started this Tuesday. Messe Munchen canceled the event last week – “responsible for the health of exhibitors and visitors,” as she wrote.

The IHM, which was to take place from March 11th to March 15th, is one of the most important trade fairs in Munich and is organized by the Gesellschaft fur Handwerksmessen. Because of the 1000 exhibitors and more than 100,000 expected visitors, the cancellation was “unavoidable”, said its managing director Dieter Dohr. “The goal of a varied personal exchange for maintaining and building business relationships can no longer be implemented risk-free under the given circumstances.” That is why one follows the “urgent recommendation” of the crisis team of the state government and waives this year on the IHM.

In recent years, Messe Munchen GmbH, which is almost entirely owned by the Free State of Bavaria and the City of Munich, has massively expanded its international business, not least in Asia. The coronavirus wave is now hitting hard there too. For example, the following Messe Munchen events have been canceled or postponed in China: ISPO in Beijing, Electronica China, Productronica China, Laser World of Photonics China, Vision China and IE Expo in Shanghai.


Six new cases became known

Monday, March 2, 8:44 p.m .: The Ministry of Health reports six new cases with the new Coronavirus Sars-CoV-2. Five people from the Freising district and one from Munich are affected. This increases the number of current infections in Bavaria to 21. If one includes the 14 already discharged patients, Bavaria has recorded 35 infections so far.

International craft fair canceled due to coronavirus

Monday, March 2, 7:27 p.m .: The Internationale Handwerksmesse (IHM) in Munich is canceled due to the spread of the new coronavirus. The organizers announced on Monday evening in Munich. With 1,000 exhibitors from 60 countries and more than 100,000 visitors, the IHM is the most important trade fair for crafts in Germany.

State government recommends cancellation of the craft fair

Monday, March 2, 6:36 p.m .: The Bavarian state government recommends that the international craft fair (IHM) be canceled due to the spread of the new coronavirus. That said a spokesman for the Bavarian Ministry of Health on Monday on request. The Bavarian Corona Virus Crisis Staff recommends that large international trade fairs be canceled or postponed until further notice. “This also applies to the Munich International Crafts Fair.” The fair with exhibitors from more than 60 countries is the most important trade fair for crafts in Germany, with around 100,000 visitors coming every year. So far, this year’s start is planned for the coming week.

Social association VdK blows off a large demo in Munich

Monday, March 2, 3:50 p.m .: The Vdc Bayern social association has its big demonstration planned for March 28, 2020 “Save the social climate!” canceled in Munich. “It was not an easy decision for us to make,” said country chair Ulrike Mascher. But you don’t want to endanger anyone because of the coronavirus. “The priority is the health and protection of all demonstration participants, including many older people and people with chronic illnesses.” According to the association, thousands of VdK members from Bavaria and many parts of Germany had already registered. He wants to make up for the protest later.

Two new cases in the district of Bayreuth

Monday, March 2, 2:55 p.m .: Two further suspected cases of coronavirus infections have been confirmed in Bavaria. Both patients come from the district of Bayreuth, as the Ministry of Health announced in the afternoon, without giving any further details. This means that the number of current cases in the Free State has risen to 15.


City of Munich activates Coronavirus hotline

Monday, March 2, 2:50 p.m .: The city of Munich has also set up its telephone hotline for the coronavirus outbreak. Since Monday noon, it can be reached at 089 / 233-44740, as the city health department reports. Accordingly, the hotline is open on weekdays from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., on Saturdays and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The Bavarian State Office for Health and Food Safety already set up a special hotline at the end of January to answer questions about the new Sars-CoV-2 virus and the lung disease Covid-19 it caused: Call 09131 / 6808-5101 (8 a.m. to 10 p.m. ). There are also similar offers from various health insurance companies.

BMW sends 150 employees home as a precaution

Wednesday, March 2, 1:45 pm: A BMW employee in Munich has tested positive for the coronavirus. A BMW spokeswoman said that he was not on the road and worked in the Research and Development Center (FIZ). All around 150 employees at FIZ who were in contact with him are now at home in quarantine for two weeks and the open-plan offices are being disinfected. Operational operations continue without restrictions. The affected employee went to the doctor on Sunday and is now in the hospital. He is doing well according to the circumstances, said the spokeswoman.

At “Pro Sieben Sat 1”, around 200 employees no longer work in the company’s headquarters in Unterfohring, but the home office. The measure is purely precautionary, there is no reasonable suspicion, said a company spokeswoman on Monday. The reason is that a colleague in Dusseldorf tested positive for the coronavirus and that employees who were in contact with him traveled back and forth between the locations. About half of the 200 employees affected had been tested negative for the pathogen; all further results would be expected by Wednesday. Also because of a coronavirus case in North Rhine-Westphalia, Vodafone sent seven employees home from the headquarters in Unterfohring as a precaution.

Five further coronavirus cases in the Free State

Monday, March 2nd, 10:35 am: In Bavaria, 13 new infections with the coronavirus have already been discovered within a few days. The Ministry of Health reported five more cases on Monday morning. Two of these five patients come from Munich, one from Schwabach in Middle Franconia. Also, another case from the counties of Freisingand Ostallgau reported – both are contact persons for the respective coronavirus patients in these counties, which became known on Sunday, the ministry wrote in a message. No further details were known. There are currently 13 confirmed coronavirus cases in the Free State, in addition to the 14 already discharged patients whose infections were due to contacts at Webasto near Munich.


Kita bei Freising remains closed as a precaution

Monday, March 2nd, 7:32 a.m .: A daycare center in Zolling (Freising district) is closed for at least one week. As the Landratsamt Freising announced, the husband of one of the nursery school teachers was tested positively for the novel coronavirus. It was initially unclear whether the woman who had worked in the daycare center for the past week was infected herself. The report of the positive finding in the man had been received by the Freising Health Department late on Saturday evening. According to the district, the man had been in the Cologne area last week and “had close contact with a person from the Heinsberg district”. That is the likely source of the infection, it said.

Bavaria’s coronavirus crisis team advised for the first time

Sunday, March 1st, 8:23 pm: In the meantime, the state government no longer excludes “that some major events such as trade fairs will be canceled or postponed”. This is the result of the Corona crisis team, which met for the first time on Sunday under the leadership of Health Minister Melanie Huml and Interior Minister Joachim Herrmann (both CSU). “Of course we are in close contact with the Federal Ministry of Health and the Robert Koch Institute in Berlin,” said the minister.

Schools reopen after the holidays

Sunday, March 1st, 4:43 pm: At the beginning of school, Bavarian schools will start teaching again on Monday. This was confirmed on Sunday by a spokesman for the Ministry of Culture on request. The state government also fears that many of the Italian holidaymakers who have returned from the carnival holiday may have been infected with the Coronavirus, but the ministries have so far been relying on the common sense of those returning on holiday. These were called for with special care. For Bavaria’s students, this means that those who have been in one of the designated risk areas in the past two weeks should stay at home for the time being. However, the school ministry spokesman made it clear that the school should be informed about this. “In this case, non-attendance at class is considered to be excused.”

Allgau company closes – 1,600 employees should stay at home


Sunday, March 1st, 2.10 p.m .: The number of people infected with corona continues to rise in Bavaria. Since Thursday, at least eight new coronavirus cases have been confirmed in Bavaria, as the Bavarian Ministry of Health announced on Sunday. According to the Robert Koch Institute (RKI), there are currently 19 infected people in Bavaria. The three coronavirus cases from Upper Bavaria confirmed late on Saturday afternoon are people from Munich and the counties of Ebersberg and Rosenheim. The three other new cases on Sunday were from the counties of Freising and Starnbergand Ostallgau reported. Besides, there is the wife of the man from Nuremberg, who had tested positive for the novel coronavirus during a business trip to Baden-Wurttemberg.

One of the cases is reported to be an employee of DMG Mori in Pfronten. The company informed the employees that on Monday and Tuesday all subsidiaries of the machine manufacturer at the location in Ostallgau will be closed. Around 1,600 employees are affected, said company spokesman Stephan Knuttel.

Three new cases in Bavaria

Saturday, February 29, 10:28 p.m .: There are three other coronavirus cases in Bavaria. The Bavarian Ministry of Health announced on Saturday evening that the patients were from Upper Bavaria. The three new infections were confirmed by late Saturday afternoon, according to the State Office for Health and Food Safety (LGL). According to the Ministry, there are currently a total of four confirmed illnesses in the Free State. The 14 previously infected people in Bavaria have already recovered.

Nuremberg in Baden-Wurttemberg fell ill

Friday, February 28, 5:31 p.m .: A man from Nuremberg tested positive for the novel coronavirus during a business trip to Baden-Wurttemberg. The 36-year-old was treated in isolation in a hospital in Karlsruhe, said the Ministry of Health in Stuttgart and the city of Nuremberg on Friday. His family also showed symptoms, it said. The wife, two children, and the husband’s mother-in-law are in a Nuremberg isolation ward for clarification. The test results are expected on Saturday at the earliest.

What the authorities recommend to vacationers in Italy

Friday, February 28, 4:25 pm: At the end of the Bavarian carnival vacation, the Ministry of Health published a special information sheet for returnees from their Italian vacation. Anyone who has been in one of the coronavirus risk areas in the past two weeks should stay at home and avoid “unnecessary contacts” with other people, it says. For example, the Lombardy region west of Lake Garda is an official risk area. Besides, if symptoms of illness appear within two weeks of returning from there, one should immediately call the general practitioner or the emergency medical service on 116 116 to discuss how to proceed. Possible symptoms are fever, muscle pain, cough, runny nose or diarrhea.

Regardless of whether he or she feels sick, everyone must report to the local health department if they have had contact with a person who has been diagnosed with the novel coronavirus in the past 14 days. On the other hand, anyone who has not met such a patient or has traveled to another Italian region has to “take no special precautions”, writes the Ministry. A current list of the official risk areas not only in Italy can be found on the website of the Robert Koch Institute. In general, the Ministry of Health currently advises older or chronically ill people from traveling to northern Italy.


Munich also convenes the urban crisis team

Friday, February 28, 3:20 pm: Because of the coronavirus, the state capital has convened a “staff for extraordinary events” for the first time in over four years. He wanted to be sure that Munich was well prepared, “however the situation will develop,” said Mayor Dieter Reiter. Depending on the situation, representatives of various authorities sit on this staff. Above all, it serves to coordinate their work and to simplify and accelerate coordination.

In the town hall, it has been registered that in the past few days, “concerned” citizens have reported more about the coronavirus outbreak – and this number will continue to increase if many people in Munich come back from vacation, according to a message. The last time a “staff for extraordinary events” was set up in the city in autumn 2015 was when tens of thousands of refugees arrived at Munich Central Station within a few days and the authorities had to take care of and accommodate them.

Trade fairs should unload exhibitors from high-risk areas

Friday, February 28, 2:15 p.m .: Due to the outbreak of the coronavirus, the state government is asking trade fair organizers in Bavaria to unload exhibitors from risk areas. If this is not possible, it must be considered whether the entire trade fair will be canceled, Health Minister Melanie Huml said on Friday after a meeting of the Cabinet Committee. It is about events with more than 1000 visitors. The Minister emphasized that not all major events should be canceled. The organizers in the Free State should report all events planned soon to the health authorities. Then it should be decided together how to deal with it. The weapon and hunting fair IWA in Nuremberg, which was planned for the coming week, had only been postponed on Thursday.

On Friday, various ministers advised in the State Chancellery on how to deal with the novel lung disease Covid-19. Hall then announced that the Free State would set up a crisis team. Above all, the Ministry of the Interior was involved. So far, a Ministry of Health working group has met about 25 times, Huml said. This has recently been reinforced with representatives of other ministries.

In Bavaria, 1200 samples can currently be tested for the Sars-CoV-2 virus every day. “It will be even more,” said Andreas Zapf, head of the State Office for Health and Food Safety (LGL), who also attended the Cabinet Committee meeting. The current number calms him down. Laboratory capacity has been increasing since January. All newly arriving refugees and asylum seekers are now also being tested for the pathogen – as soon as they arrive in Bavaria, as Interior Minister Joachim Herrmann said. So far, there has been no positive case.


Blocking entire towns, as happened in Italy, is not an issue in Bavaria. “Not,” said Herrmann. The Free State is pursuing the strategy of isolating and quarantining people who are ill or suspected of being ill.

The infected senior doctor is doing well in his own words

Friday, February 28, 12:30 p.m .: Further details will be released on the new coronavirus case in Bavaria The man is in good health, he will be monitored in an isolation room, said the University Hospital Erlangen. In the local skin clinic, he works as a senior doctor, where he is now being treated. “I was perplexed when I received a call from the health department on Wednesday evening that I might have been infected with the coronavirus by an Italian colleague at a conference in Munich,” the doctor quoted in a message from the clinic. He is currently doing well: “The throat is scratching a little, the nose is running, it’s like having a mild cold.” The patient said the patient did not have a fever, and that his condition was stable.

The skin clinic concerned is currently advising on how the house should deal with the corona case. This should be decided in the coming hours. First of all, it must be checked whether patients and staff who have had contact with the affected doctor have contracted the infection. In the coming days, the skin clinic is expected to only treat emergencies and patients who are dependent on long-term therapy. The health department will then have to decide whether patients whose dermatological therapy has ended have to stay in the clinic for 14 days or can be sent home for quarantine.

Minister appeals: leave sick children at home!

Friday, February 28, 11.55 a.m .: Bavarian Family Minister Carolina Trautner calls on parents to be level-headed. “The operation of the daycare centers advances with the usual, well-known hygiene measures,” she said. If a child shows symptoms of the disease that suggest the new type of coronavirus – such as coughing or runny nose – it should not be sent to kindergarten or crib, but only when it is completely healthy. If the children with the corresponding symptoms have been in the known distribution areas of the coronavirus, they should no longer be able to attend daycare, said Trautner. In this case, parents should not go to the doctor’s office with their children, but call the general practitioner or the on-call health service on 116117,

Bavaria’s first patient reports of his time in the clinic

Friday, February 28, 11.45 a.m .: Germany’s first coronavirus patient has never felt sick. “I never felt in mortal danger,” he told radio station Bayern 1 in an interview. The diagnosis was of course shocking. “It all seemed very surreal to me,” said the man from the Landsberg district. “Why do I have to be the first to have this now?”

The then 33-year-old was infected by a Chinese guest from his company Webasto. “For me, she was completely healthy,” said the man about the day he met the woman at a training session. In the days before his isolation at the end of January, he had a runny nose, cough, and fever, but this was dismissed as normal due to the season and then he felt healthy again. “I never actually felt bad.”

The man was in the Munich-Schwabing Clinic for two and a half weeks. “It was a very, very boring everyday life,” he said. At the same time, he accuses the authorities of having taken a long time to set the criteria for discharge from the hospital. “There was no consideration for us.” The wait and the lack of prospects would have put a psychological strain on him and the other patients. “We were healthy, we were more or less trapped in this institution and we had to wait for the ministry to decide.” In his own words, the man is still regularly tested for the Sars-CoV-2 pathogen. “I’m at home, but I’m allowed to go out as normal.” But he was still not allowed to work.

Another coronavirus case in Bavaria

Thursday, February 27, 10:25 p.m .: There is a new coronavirus case in Bavaria. As the Bavarian Ministry of Health announced on Thursday evening, it is a man from Middle Franconia.


The latter had contact with an Italian at a congress in Munich, who tested positive for the virus when he returned to Italy. It is therefore assumed that the man from Middle Franconia has contracted the Italian infection, explained the ministry spokesman Jorg Sauberlich on the evening of the SZ. The responsible health authority has already started to identify possible contact persons. You must then be quarantined at home for two weeks.

The ministry later confirmed SZ information that the infected man was a medical doctor at the University Hospital of Erlangen. There he is currently being treated and isolated. The Erlangen Dermatology Clinic, in which the man works, now wants to take all necessary measures to protect patients and employees. The health ministry plans to release more details on Friday.

The last coronavirus patient is allowed to leave Schwabinger Klinik

Thursday, February 27, 5:18 pm: After a good four weeks, Bavaria is officially free of coronavirus – at least for the time being. The last patient had been released from the hospital, the Ministry of Health announced on Thursday afternoon. It did not provide any further details about the person. He had been treated at the Munich-Schwabing Clinic after being infected with the novel pathogen Sars-CoV-2. A total of 14 coronavirus cases were reported in Bavaria, the first of which four and a half weeks ago.

Arms fair in Nuremberg canceled

Thursday, February 27, 4:40 p.m .: The Nuremberg exhibition company postponed the weapons and hunting fair IWA indefinitely on Thursday afternoon. With over 1,600 exhibitors and 45,000 trade visitors, it is the second-largest trade fair of its kind in the world after the Shot Show in Las Vegas. Originally it was supposed to take place from March 6th to 9th. Traditionally, a lot of exhibitors and visitors from China and Lombardy are at the IWA. “Based on the latest developments and statements from the experts and the health minister, we have reached a decision that is also supported by the industry,” said the Nuremberg trade fair spokesman Thomas Koch. An alternative date has not yet been fixed.


Coronavirus patient in the cinema – neighbors in quarantine

Thursday, February 27, 4:07 pm: After a coronavirus patient went to the cinema in Neu-Ulm, several of the man’s neighbors had to be quarantined. The four cinema-goers are temporarily not allowed to leave their apartment according to the order of the health department, the district office in Neu-Ulm announced on Thursday. The authority assumes that a total of eight cinema-goers who were near the 25-year-old who was ill are at risk. The other four affected are still being searched.

The 25-year-old from the district of Goppingen in Baden-Wurttemberg had visited the cinema in Neu-Ulm on Saturday evening. A total of 138 visitors sat in the film hall. The other guests, who were sitting further away from the patient, should watch out for symptoms of illness such as fever, cough or runny nose in the coming days. If they fell ill, cinema guests should immediately minimize contact with other people and call their family doctor and the local health department.

Bavaria promises help from companies affected by Corona

Thursday, February 27, 3:54 p.m .: Bavaria’s Minister of Economic Affairs Hubert Aiwanger (free voters) holds out the prospect of financial aid from the effects of the new coronavirus. “We won’t let our companies down if they get into trouble because of the coronavirus,” he said on Thursday. If liquidity problems arise, for example, due to interrupted supply chains, companies could receive loans and guarantees from LfA Forderbank Bayern, provided they had a future-proof business model.

Aiwanger said he hoped the situation would not worsen dramatically, “but we are prepared.” If the situation “escalates beyond the Bavarian possibilities”, he expects support from the federal government. In the future, there will be a round table every Monday morning with the leading associations of business and trade fairs as well as the LfA Forderbank Bayern in the ministry.

A special meeting of the Bavarian cabinet

Thursday, February 27, 2:25 p.m .: The spread of the coronavirus Sars-CoV-2 is now out of order of the Bavarian government. In a cabinet committee, individual ministries want to exchange information with the head of government Markus Soder (CSU) on Friday with representatives of the Robert Koch Institute (RKI) about the situation in Bavaria and the other federal states.

The focus should be on the question of how the Free State is prepared for a possible impending expansion. It is about the existing capacities of suitable quarantine beds in hospitals. According to the State Chancellery, the meeting will include Minister of Health Melanie Huml, Minister of the Interior Joachim Herrmann, Head of State Chancellor Florian Herrmann, Minister of Social Affairs Carolina Trautner, Minister of Transport Kerstin Schreyer (all CSU), Minister of Culture Michael Piazolo, Secretary of State for Economic Affairs Roland Weigert (both Free Voters) and RKI President Lothar Wieler and the head of the State Office for Health and Food Safety, Andreas Zapf.

All-clear for a Spanish school group

Thursday, February 27, 8:57 am: A suspected coronavirus in a Spanish tour group in Upper Bavaria has not been confirmed. The district office in Rosenheim announced that there was no justified suspicion of Covid-19 among the students with flu symptoms. Instead, you assume the flu. However, the Spanish students were not tested for the coronavirus. On Wednesday afternoon, three of them with flu symptoms were brought to a hospital. 15 other people from the 32-person group were also taken to hospitals with mild symptoms for observation. The group had visited Herrenchiemsee Palace on Wednesday.

Coronavirus patient in the cinema – health office warns other visitors

Wednesday, February 26, 2:20 p.m .: After a coronavirus patient has gone to the cinema in Neu-Ulm, the health department warns other guests of the film theater of possible infection.


As the district office in Neu-Ulm reported on Wednesday, the man from the district of Goppingen in Baden-Wurttemberg had watched the thriller “Bad Boys for Life” on Saturday evening. 138 visitors were said to be in the hall of the Neu-Ulm cinema. The new virus was later detected in the 25-year-old.

“The possibility of infection with the new type of coronavirus exists for people who have been in face-to-face contact with the sick person for at least 15 minutes,” says a message from the district authority. It cannot be determined in retrospect which visitors this may apply to.

Visitors to the cinema show, who would experience symptoms of illness such as fever, cough or runny nose in the next ten days, should immediately minimize contact with other people and call their family doctor and the local health department, the district office emphasized. The 25-year-old was probably infected during a trip to Italy in Milan. It was announced on Wednesday that his travel companion and her father had also been infected.

Price for face masks 20 times higher

Wednesday, February 26, 2:20 p.m .: The high demand for face masks or surgical masks for supposed protection against the coronavirus occasionally leads to extreme price jumps. For example, a dealer at Amazon offered a box with 50 facial masks “with elastic earloops white 3-ply” from the manufacturer SF on Wednesday for 95.50 euros. Mail-order pharmacies had only recently offered the same product for € 3.95 – now it is sold out.

According to the US internet magazine Wired, Amazon has already removed some overpriced offers from its pages and warned retailers not to ask for inappropriate prices. An Amazon spokesman said in Munich that sellers set their prices, but Amazon will take action if the guidelines are violated. An SF employee in Berlin said on request that there had been price increases due to the high demand, but the masks were currently no longer available. Some took advantage of it speculatively.

Another Corona patient discharged from Schwabing Hospital

Tuesday, February 25, 4:55 pm: As the Bavarian Ministry of Health announced, there is only one person who has been confirmed to have the coronavirus in the hospital in Munich-Schwabing.


Another patient was discharged on Tuesday. According to information from the ministry, there are 14 proven corona cases in the Free State.

Bavaria wants to inform travelers to Italy about coronavirus

Tuesday, February 25, 4:11 p.m .: Due to the coronavirus outbreak in Italy, the state government wants to educate travelers as much as possible. Representatives of the ministries of health, transport, and home affairs had consulted on Tuesday, said Health Minister Melanie Huml (CSU). Many people are currently in Italy during the Carnival holidays and are coming back by plane, bus or car. For example, there should be more information on trains, said Huml. It is very important “that we reach those who may be affected”. The information material, which was previously heavily geared towards China – as the country of origin of the epidemic – should be updated. The Robert Koch Institute has named new risk areas.

Returnees to Italy are not allowed to donate blood for four weeks

Tuesday, February 25, 3:53 pm: To protect against further infections with the novel coronavirus, travel returners from Italy may not donate blood to the blood donation services of the German Red Cross and the Bavarian Red Cross for four weeks. The period will be calculated from the return, spokesman Patric Nohe said on Tuesday of the German press agency. For travelers from all over the People’s Republic of China as well as from North and South Korea, the ban has been four weeks in any case, however, due to the Chikungunya virus. It can be transmitted by mosquitoes and cause the tropical disease chikungunya fever. “The incubation period of the novel coronavirus (Sars-CoV-2) is up to 14 days and is therefore also covered by this measure,” said Nohe.

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