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Revealed: These are Germany’s 47 coronavirus risk zones

The number of new Covid-19 infections are increasing in Germany. Here's where the worst affected places are.

Revealed: These are Germany's 47 coronavirus risk zones
Frankfurt am Main is a hotspot in Germany. Photo: DPA

Many districts and cities are exceeding the limit of 50 infections per 100,000 residents in the last seven days. Many of the problem zones are in North Rhine-Westphalia, Berlin and Bavaria.

Here are some of the German coronavirus hotspots labelled on a map by DPA, and the full list of affected districts is listed below.

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Baden-Württemberg:

Esslingen (county) with a value of 77.6

Stuttgart (city district) with a value of 69.7

Bavaria:

Berchtesgadener Land (district) with a value of 72.7

Fürstenfeldbruck (county) with a value of 62.0

Memmingen (city) with a value of 52.2

Munich (city) with a value of 52.1

Regen (county) with a value of 84.0

Rosenheim (city) with a value of 67.7

Rottal-Inn (district) with a value of 57.6

Schweinfurt (district) with a value of 52.4

Berlin:

Charlottenburg-Wilmersdorf with a value of 57.9

Friedrichshain-Kreuzberg with a value of 79.4

Mitte with a value of 112.5

Neukölln with a value of 161.6

Reinickendorf with a value of 73.9

Spandau with a value of 67.4

Steglitz-Zehlendorf with a value of 51.0

Tempelhof-Schöneberg with a value of 93.9

Bremen:

Bremen (city) with a value of 79.3

Hesse:

Frankfurt am Main (city) with a value of 71.0

Groß-Gerau (district) with a value of 61.7

Main-Taunus-Kreis (district) with a value of 53.7

Offenbach (city) with a value of 84.4

Lower Saxony:

Cloppenburg (county) with a value of 99.0

Delmenhorst (city) with a value of 96.7

Emsland (district) with a value of 51.7

Oldenburg (county) with a value of 50.4

Vechta (county) with a value of 58.8

North Rhine-Westphalia:

Duisburg (city) with a value of 55.5

Düsseldorf (city) with a value of 55.6

Essen (city) with a value of 51.1

Hagen (city) with a value of 56.3

Hamm (city) with a value of 58.4

Herne (city) with a value of 95.2

Cologne (city) with a value of 70.4

Leverkusen (city) with a value of 67.8

Mettmann (district) with a value of 54.4

Olpe (district) with a value of 53,7

Solingen (city) with a value of 71.0

Recklinghausen (district) with a value of 70.7

Unna (district) with a value of 54.4

Wuppertal (city) with a value of 63.4

Rhineland-Palatinate:

Eifel district Bitburg-Prüm with a value of 115.1

Mainz (capital city) with a value of 56.7

Saarland:

St. Wendel (county) with a value of 97.7

Saxony:

Erzgebirgskreis with a value of 52.2

Thuringia:

Eichsfeld (county) with a value of 54.0

Chancellor Angela Merkel and the state premiers on Thursday were discussing proposals which would see restrictions kick in once an area records 35 new infections per 100,000 people over seven days.

What's happening in the affected areas?

The situation is serious in Berlin, especially the districts of Friedrichshain-Kreuzberg (79.4), Tempelhof-Schöneberg (93.9) and Mitte (112.5). The incidence rate also remains particularly high in party area Neukölln (161.6) – which is the worst affected place in Germany.

Berlin's health senator Dilek Kalayci said she was very concerned about the development. “Slowly but surely, hospital treatments for Covid-19 patients are also increasing,” she said. “And this should be a warning to us.”

She urged for “great caution” among city residents.

EXPLAINED: What you need to know about Berlin's new coronavirus restrictions

The below map by DPA shows the total number of cases and deaths in states, as well as the whole of Germany.

The city introduced a curfew on Saturday but mayor Michael Müller has not ruled out introducing more restrictions.

North Rhine-Westphalia: 'Red' warning level in Düsseldorf and Leverkusen

Coronavirus figures in North Rhine-Westphalia have also shot up in recent days. For the long-term hotspot Hamm, the RKI says the incidence rate is 66.1 (in the last seven days per 100,000 inhabitants).

The incidence values in Herne (95.2), Wuppertal (63.4), Recklinghausen (70.7), Unna (54.4) Solingen (71.0) and Duisburg (55.5) also exceed the 50 mark.

The below screenshot from the Robert Koch Institute (RKI) highlights the number of cases per 100,000 residents in seven days. The risk zones are red.

Meanwhile, Düsseldorf (55.6) and Leverkusen (67.8) have also exceeded the warning level.

At the weekend the city of Cologne exceeded the important warning level of 50 new infections per 100,000 inhabitants in seven days. Cologne has also issued restrictions in a bid to bring down the number of new cases.

Essen, with a value of 51.1, is also above the critical mark again.

Munich again hotspot in Bavaria, Stuttgart in Baden-Württemberg

In Bavaria, Munich has been considered a coronavirus hotspot since Monday. On Wednesday the city had an incidence value of 52.1, as do the cities of Rosenheim (67.7) and Schweinfurt (52.4). The districts of Fürstenfeldbruck (62.0), Regen (84.0) and Memmingen (52.2) are also among the Bavarian problem zones.

The incidence value has also risen significantly in the Baden-Württemberg district of Esslingen (77.6). In this area masks are now compulsory in pedestrian zones and at weekly markets. Stuttgart is also considered a hotspot with a 69.7 incidence rate.

The district of Cloppenburg in Lower Saxony also currently exceeds the 50 threshold with 99.0.

Meanwhile, financial capital Frankfurt is also viewed as a risk zone with 71 cases per 100,000 residents. New restrictions were introduced there last week. In nearby Offenbach that number is 84.4.

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COVID-19 RULES

Germany should prepare for Covid wave in autumn, ministers warn

German health ministers say that tougher Covid restrictions should come back into force if a serious wave emerges in autumn.

Germany should prepare for Covid wave in autumn, ministers warn

Following a video meeting on Monday, the health ministers of Germany’s 16 states said tougher restrictions should be imposed again if they are needed. 

“The corona pandemic is not over yet – we must not be deceived by the current declining incidences,” said Saxony-Anhalt’s health minister Petra Grimm-Benne, of the Social Democrats, who currently chairs the Conference of Health Ministers (GMK).

According to the GMK, new virus variants are expected to appear in autumn and winter. Over the weekend, federal Health Minister Karl Lauterbach (SPD) also warned that the more dangerous Delta variant could return to Germany. “That is why the federal Ministry of Health should draw up a master plan to combat the corona pandemic as soon as possible and coordinate it with the states,” Grimm-Benne said.

Preparations should also include an amendment of the Infection Protection Act, ministers urged. They want to see the states given powers to react to the infection situation in autumn and winter. They called on the government to initiate the legislative process in a timely manner, and get the states actively involved.

The current Infection Protection Act expires on September 23rd this year. Germany has loosened much of its Covid restrictions in the last months, however, face masks are still compulsory on public transport as well as on planes. 

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The health ministers said that from autumn onwards, it should be possible for states to make masks compulsory indoors if the regional infection situation calls for it. Previously, wearing a Covid mask was obligatory in Germany when shopping and in restaurants and bars when not sitting at a table. 

Furthermore, the so-called 3G rule for accessing some venues and facilities – where people have to present proof of vaccination, recovery, or a negative test – should be implemented again if needed, as well as other infection protection rules, the ministers said. 

Bavaria’s health minister Klaus Holetschek, of the CSU, welcomed the ministers’ unanimous call for a revision of the Infection Protection Act. “The states must be able to take all necessary infection protection measures quickly, effectively, and with legal certainty,” he said.

North Rhine-Westphalia’s health minister Karl-Josef Laumann (CDU) warned that no one should “lull themselves into a false sense of security”.

“We must now prepare for the colder season and use the time to be able to answer important questions about the immunity of the population or the mechanisms of infection chains,” he said.

On Tuesday, Germany reported 86,253 Covid infections within the latest 24 hour period, as well as 215 Covid-related deaths. The 7-day incidence stood at 437.6 infections per 100,000 people. However, experts believe there could be twice as many infections because lots of cases go unreported. 

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