The charts and maps that explain the state of the pandemic in Germany

Germany is set to enter a nationwide partial lockdown on Monday to stem the spread of Covid-19. We explain how the situation has been unfolding.

The charts and maps that explain the state of the pandemic in Germany
Bars in Berlin are offering drinks to go ahead of the partial lockdown. Photo: DPA

The overall state of play

According to official figures, Germany has recorded a total of 481,013 coronavirus cases since the pandemic began (up to October 29th). The below map by DPA shows the total number of cases in each state. Bavaria and the most populous state of North-Rhine Westphalia have registered the most infections.

Number of deaths

The total number of deaths in Germany up to October 29th is 10,272 according to the Robert Koch Institute (RKI).

This chart below by the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control, shows the number of daily new deaths linked to Covid-19 in Germany since the pandemic began.

New cases

On Thursday October 29th, Germany reported a record 16,774 confirmed coronavirus cases – the highest number since the start of the pandemic. The current figures are only comparable to those from spring to a limited extent, as considerably more tests are now being carried out.

The charts below show daily new confirmed cases, and the seven-day average.

Coronavirus cases in the last seven days per 100,000 residents
The DPA map below shows the number of cases per 100,000 residents in the last seven days (as of October 29th). The areas in red are the worst affected, with blue and pink not as badly hit.
There are currently local lockdowns in Berchtesgadener Land and Rottal-Inn in Bavaria. However, from Monday, across the whole country, even in the less affected zones, there will be a shutdown in place for a month.

The chart below gives a snapshot showing the number of tests carried out per 1,000 people in Germany since the pandemic began. On October 16th Germany carried out 2.03 tests per 1,000 people. On April 26th that number was 0.62.

How strict has Germany been?

The chart below gives an idea of how strict the Germany government has been in introducing measures aimed to stem the spread of the virus.

It shows how the governmental response has changed over time and the Government Stringency Index – a composite measure of the strictness of policy responses. 

The index on any given day is calculated as the mean score of nine policy measures, each taking a value between 0 and 100.

The nine metrics used to calculate the Government Stringency Index are: school closures; workplace closures; cancellation of public events; restrictions on public gatherings; closures of public transport; stay-at-home requirements; public information campaigns; restrictions on internal movements; and international travel controls.

Here the German government reaction is compared to that of neighbours France, Austria and Switzerland.

What's the situation in hospitals?

According to the RKI, the number of Covid-19 patients requiring intensive care has more than doubled in the past two weeks from 602 patients on October 14th to 1,569 patients on October 28th, signalling that pressure is increasing on German hospitals.

As of October 28th, a total of 1,285 hospitals or departments reported to the German Interdisciplinary Association for Intensive and Emergency Medicine (DIVI) registry.

Overall, 29,336 intensive care beds were registered, of which 21,790 (74 percent) were occupied, and 7,546 (26 percent) were currently available. The number of Covid-19 cases treated in participating hospitals is shown in the below table by the Robert Koch Institute.

To view more charts, maps and graphs on Germany's Covid-19 situation you can visit Our World in Data.

Member comments

  1. How many deaths this time last year. No flu victims how amazing. I am awaiting the outcome of the investigation into this plandemic . More and more medical experts are exposing the whole thing. Have a listen to Dr Mike Yeadon amongst others.

  2. Isnt it amazing how since the Corona plandemic, there have been little to no seasonal flu cases/deaths.?
    Makes you wonder why that is.

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‘People liked the silence’: How Berlin’s club scene is struggling after lockdowns

Berlin's clubs are suffering from staff shortages, a lack of guests... and neighbours who've grown used to the silence, representatives for the scene say.

'People liked the silence': How Berlin's club scene is struggling after lockdowns

Some operators from Berlin’s club scene are bracing themselves for a difficult autumn. For months now, people have been allowed to dance again and life has returned to normal in the dark corners of Berlin’s famous nightlife scene.

But the clubs have far from recovered from the pandemic. They face staff shortages, rising prices and the prospect of a return to Covid restrictions in the autumn.

“We go into the autumn with huge fear, because the omens are totally unfavorable,” said association head Pamela Schobeß.

Spring and summer went anything but smoothly, she said. “There has been an oversupply of events. People aren’t going out as much, and some are still afraid to move around indoors.”

Money is also an issue. “A lot of people are afraid of rising energy prices.”

The industry lost workers during the pandemic and it’s hard to convince them to come back with the outlook for the autumn looking so gloomy, Schobeß says.

Her colleague Robin Schellenberg tells a similar story. People have switched to various other jobs and would even rather work on a supermarket checkout, which may have been considered less sexy in the past. Now, he says, some have learned to love not having to work nights.


Schellenberg runs the Klunkerkranich, a small club on a parking garage deck in Neukölln. Because a number of things have become more expensive, they have also had to increase their admission prices.

His impression is that people are going out less often and are deciding more spontaneously. In addition, people in the neighborhood are now more sensitive to noise. “Many people found the silence very enticing,” he said.

Some in the industry wonder what will happen next. Will club admission have to become much more expensive? Will that exclude people who can no longer afford it? And what happens if Covid infection numbers rise sharply?

If masks become mandatory indoors in October, Schobeß believes that would be bad for the clubs. “Even if we don’t get shut down by the state, we’ll actually have to close down independently ourselves,” she reckons.

Masks take all the joy out of the experience, she says. People have drinks in their hands and are “jumping around and dancing” and then security guards have to tell them “please put your mask on.”

The federal government is considering whether states should be able to make masks mandatory indoors starting in October. Exceptions should be possible, such as at cultural and sporting events, for people who have been tested, recently vaccinated and recently recovered.

In the event that Covid numbers soar, the states could then be allowed to tighten the rules and eliminate all exemptions.

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