Coronavirus in Germany: The phone numbers and websites you need to know about
If you feel unwell or have questions about the coronavirus crisis, remember you're not alone. Here's a look at the websites and phone numbers that are available for people in Germany.
If you show symptoms, the German government advises against going to a hospital or doctor's waiting room where others can be infected, and instead recommends self-isolating and calling a medical hotline.
However, everyone should be aware that health workers are extremely busy and it may be difficult to get through. It is likely you will only be tested for coronavirus if there are reasonable suspicions combined with symptoms (for example, if you have been in contact with someone who is confirmed to have COVID-19 and now display a cough).
Doctors will decide whether a diagnosis makes sense after a consultation.
The non-emergency medical on-call service for Germany is 116 117. The emergency number is 112.
The independent patient advice service for Germany is 0800 011 77 22.
The Ministry of Health number is 030 346 465 100.
You can find advice on how you can avoid spreading the infection to others on the websites of German Ministry of Health (the English version is updated daily), the World Health Organisation, and the European Centre for Disease Control.
If you speak Turkish, Polish, French, Italian, Greek, Croatian, Romanian, Bulgarian, Farsi, Chinese or Arabic, you can find resources about the Coronavirus in Germany at the governmental immigration office website here.
Germany also provides a free hotline available 24 hours a day for women experiencing domestic violence at 08000 116 016.