Coronavirus ticker: the situation in the north | – News

With a live ticker, offers an overview of the most important events relating to the coronavirus situation in northern Germany from early to late – with the latest news, background information and reports from television and radio.

The most important thing in shorte:

  • in the Emsland Series tests have started in slaughterhouses
  • Lower Saxony: New regulation is presented – live
  • Schleswig-Holstein reports 18 new infections, Hamburg four
  • Health Minister Spahn: Soon more tests for coronavirus
  • Police satisfied with “Father’s Day behavior” of the North Germans

2:44 p.m.

Overview: Tables, maps and graphics for Corona in the north
Background: How to come
different numbers of cases conditions
Analysis: Transport reporting data
a deceptive security?

2:56 p.m.

City and community day MV, corona regulations are too bureaucratic

The Corona regulations of the state government are partly too bureaucratic for the Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania City and Community Day. For example, the obligation to obtain approval from the health department or the local regulatory office before an event with up to 75 people in one room or up to 150 people outdoors, said the managing director of the local umbrella association, Andreas Wellmann. So now even a three-member voluntary association board must approach the authorities beforehand if he wants to meet. The same applies to parties, painting circles, citizens’ initiatives or self-help groups. From the point of view of the city and community day, it is completely sufficient if an event is only displayed with an explanation of how to comply with the rules.

2:45 p.m.

Lower Saxony: Open-air swimming pools are allowed to reopen on Monday

The outdoor pools in Lower Saxony can reopen on Monday subject to conditions. However, every visitor must keep a minimum distance of 1.50 meters from other people who are not part of their own household. This emerges from the country’s new Corona regulation, which was presented today. The first baths in Göttingen and Meppen, among others, have already prepared for the start and definitely want to open. The operators of the baths must ensure that queues and accumulations around changing rooms and showers are avoided.

2:28 p.m.

Now live: Land reports on Corona development

Around three weeks ago, the Lower Saxony state government presented a five-step plan to ease the lockdown in the corona crisis. From Monday, phase 3 applies – with the restricted opening of hotels, guest houses and youth hostels as well as so-called personal services. Details are currently being presented.

Live: The state government provides information about Corona

May 22, 2020 2:30 p.m.

The Lower Saxony state government provides information on the corona pandemic three times a week at the state press conference. will broadcast live from 2.30 p.m. today.

2:02 p.m.

No normal school operations after the summer vacation?

According to the president of the Conference of Ministers of Education (KMK), Stefanie Hubig (SPD), school classes will not function as they did before the corona pandemic even after the summer holidays. At the moment, no one can say what the schedule will look like. “We are currently preparing for all conceivable scenarios,” Hubig told “taz”. It is sensible to stick to the summer vacation, said the KMK boss on the debate about shortened vacation. Teachers, parents and students needed a break. In addition, the new school year had to be prepared and new staff had to be hired. Hubig further said that she does not consider it impossible that a return to greater normalcy in schools is possible even before a vaccine against Covid-19 is developed. The hygiene rules are decisive.

1:50 p.m.

Police warn of new corona scam

The police have warned of a new scam with alleged tests for the corona virus. In the past few days, the mostly older victims in several parts of Germany had received a serious-looking letter from an alleged “Federal Agency for Disease Protection”, said a spokesman for the police inspection in Emsland / Grafschaft Bentheim in Lingen. This authority does not exist, he emphasized. The contact persons are asked to test themselves with a test set for Covid-19 because, according to the information from the Residents’ Registration Office, they belong to a risk group. Cash on delivery would be 97.50 for the alleged test set. “The police strongly warn against accepting packages that have not been ordered against cash on delivery,” said the spokesman.

1:40 p.m.

Researchers: Everyday restrictions worked

Researchers at the Max Planck Institute for Dynamics and Self-Organization and scientists from the University of Göttingen are certain: The massive everyday restrictions against the spread of the coronavirus have worked. This is reported by the “Hannoversche Allgemeine Zeitung” (Friday edition). The scientists have already published their findings in the prestigious science journal “Science”.

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Police drive through the pedestrian zones in downtown Hanover. © dpa - Bildfunk Photo: Peter Steffen

The bundle of everyday restrictions imposed in March helped to slow down the coronavirus. This is what researchers from Göttingen say, who have examined the steps.

12:45 p.m.

Series tests in slaughterhouses in Emsland have started

The district of Emsland has started corona series tests at four slaughterhouses. At Weidemark in Sögel, the largest pig slaughterhouse in Lower Saxony, a total of around 2,000 employees are to be tested. It will take days for all employees to be tested, a district spokesman told NDR 1 Niedersachsen. First results should be available at the beginning of next week at the earliest. According to a new decree by the state government, series tests must be carried out in all slaughterhouses and cutting plants in which subcontractors are employed.

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A doctor holds a swab in a plastic container in her hands. © picture alliance Felix Kästle Photo: picture alliance Felix Kästle

The Corona series tests for slaughterhouse employees ordered by the state have begun in the Emsland district. Testing takes place at four slaughterhouses – first at Weidemark in Sögel.

12:07 p.m.

Hamburg reports four new corona infections

Four further infections with the new Sars CoV-2 virus have been confirmed in Hamburg. The health authority said that the total number of confirmed infections has risen to 5,055 since the pandemic began. According to the Robert Koch Institute (RKI), around 4,600 of these can now be considered recovered. The authority estimates that there are still around 200 infected people in Hamburg, plus an unknown undisclosed figure.

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Viruses hover in front of a crowd (photomontage) © panthermedia, photocase Photo: rclassen

In Hamburg, four new infections with the corona virus were reported within one day. The number of people treated in the hospital continues to decrease.

11:38 a.m.

Germans mainly pay contactlessly

A customer pays contactlessly with a smartphone. © picture alliance / Photononstop Photo: Ghilhem / Laurène Bourdais

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In the Corona crisis, Germans pay much more contactlessly with cards, smartphones or smartwatches.

People in Germany are currently trying to avoid cash payments as often as possible. This was the result of a representative survey commissioned by the Bitkom digital association. Three quarters of the respondents said they preferred to pay with a card, smartphone or smart watch. At the same time, seven out of ten respondents (71 percent) want more ways to pay without contact. The trend runs through all age groups. Most recently, the Bundesbank had also announced that because of the Corona crisis, more and more people in Germany were paying for their purchases contactlessly.

11:08 a.m.

Lower Saxony’s Minister of Justice: Prostitution ban not enforceable

When the corona pandemic is over, it should be the same as before – at least legally. That’s what Lower Saxony’s Justice Minister Barbara Havliza (CDU) said in an interview with the “Neue Osnabrücker Zeitung” (NOZ). This also applies to areas that “some consider wrong or reprehensible, such as the consumption of luxury goods or prostitution,” says Havliza.

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Barbara Havliza (CDU), Lower Saxony's Minister of Justice, puts on a face mask with a fashionable unicorn motif. © dpa / picture-alliance Photo: Peter Steffen

At least legally, according to Justice Minister Havliza (CDU), everything will be the same as before, according to Corona. Prostitution is also allowed again, despite demands to the contrary.

10:37 a.m.

Lower Saxony: Deutsche Bahn is preparing itself for increasing passenger numbers

The Deutsche Bahn in Lower Saxony is preparing for increasing passenger numbers. In the meantime, the number of passengers had plummeted. In the meantime, it is slowly rising again, said a railway spokeswoman in Hanover. In the middle of the crisis, 75 percent of long-distance trains ran, but only 15 percent of the usual number of passengers was reached. The deputy station manager Denise Paulat-Dittmer said there are normally around 200,000 visitors a day at Hanover main station. In the crisis it was 75 percent less – now 80 percent of the previous numbers have been reached again. Announcements and notices in the Hanover main station indicate that a mask is required, posters at the main entrance warn you to keep your distance and put on masks.

10:05 a.m.

East Frisian State Museum is looking for corona exhibits

The Ostfriesische Landesmuseum Emden is looking for exhibits from the region that symbolize everyday life in the Corona crisis. “These can be particularly fashionable or original mouth-nose masks, for example, or imaginative contributions to so-called homing, such as community notices in apartment buildings,” said museum director Wolfgang Jahn. Photos of the self-made mouthguard or of the shopping bag that you used to shop for the neighbor are also interesting. Pictures and reports describing everyday life in quarantine can be sent via email, along with the associated story.

9:15 a.m.

Balance after reopening: Rostock Zoo satisfied

Gorilla Yene with her baby in the Darwineum. Gorilla Eyenga eyed the newcomer curiously. © Rostock Zoo / Carina Braun Photo: Carina Braun

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Gorilla Yene with her baby in the Darwineum of the Rostock Zoo. It was recovered on March 16. Gorilla Eyenga eyed the newcomer curiously.

Just four weeks after the reopening, the director of the Rostock Zoo, Udo Nagel, was satisfied with the current development. “The restart was successful, the hygiene measures are being followed well,” he said. The animals are doing well, and the workforce is again looking to the future with hope. There is a lot of positive feedback and support from visitors and families with children. They are grateful to be able to spend their free time in the zoo parks. The animal houses such as the Polarium are also open, but a mouth guard must be worn there. An exception is the tropical hall in the Darwineum, where the great apes are at home – it is closed. The three great apes born in the past few weeks can therefore not yet be observed there. However, there is a chance to see them from time to time in the outdoor enclosure.

8:48 a.m.

RKI: 460 new corona infections in Germany

The Robert Koch Institute (RKI) has registered 460 further infections with the corona virus nationwide within 24 hours. The number of new infections reported daily has been below 1,000 for almost two weeks. At the same time, according to the RKI, the number of people who have been recovered has increased by 1,000. 27 new cases have been reported in which corona infected people have died. Around 2,800 people are now considered healthy again. 29 are still being treated in hospitals.

8:43 a.m.

DFL boss Seifert praises football fans after ghost games

Christian Seifert, Managing Director of the German Football League (DFL), praised the organized fans for their behavior on the first day of the Bundesliga after the Corona break. “We are in dialogue with some fan organizations, and it was completely clear to me that the active fan scene is far too intelligent to do its critics a favor by marching up in front of the stadiums,” said the DFL head of the “Süddeutsche Zeitung”. “The fans behaved how to behave in these times.” There were no riots or marches at the stadiums around the games without spectators last weekend.

8:30 a.m.

Schleswig-Holstein: 18 new infections confirmed

In Schleswig-Holstein, the number of reported coronavirus cases increased by 18. In total, there are 3,039 confirmed infections in the northernmost state. So far, 134 deaths related to the viral disease have been reported to the country. That is as many cases as the day before.

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One person holds laboratory samples. © picture alliance Photo: Peter Steffen

Since the pandemic began, 3,039 people have been infected with the coronavirus in SH, according to the country’s numbers. Compared to the previous day, 18 new cases have been added.

07:45 a.m.

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Especially in times of the corona pandemic, remains your reliable source of information. The NDR newsletter keeps you up to date on events from the north.

07:30 a.m.

Expert: Restaurant guests should sit outside if possible

If possible, sit outside or ventilate a lot in restaurants: In view of the nationwide loosening of the corona rules for the hospitality industry, experts are focusing on prevention against the transmission of the virus through the air. Wherever possible, guests of restaurants should sit outside, said Andreas Podbielski, director of the Institute for Medical Microbiology, Virology and Hygiene at the University Medical Center Rostock, the German press agency. “There are practically no infections. The corona virus is largely transmitted via the air.” On the other hand, the draft protected outside. However, it becomes more problematic in the interior of restaurants or cafés, said Podbielski. If waiters wear masks, the guests are protected, but the guests do not wear masks while eating and could theoretically infect each other. “It is then a matter of how the premises are ventilated,” said the hospital hygienist. Even with sufficient air exchange every six to ten minutes, there is no 100 percent guarantee.

07:10 a.m.

Lower Saxony: New regulation is presented – live

On Monday, the Corona rules for Lower Saxony are to be relaxed again – how exactly, the state government wants to announce today at 2.30 p.m. in Hanover. shows the press conference live. In advance, according to the Cabinet’s deliberations, it became apparent that restaurants and hotels, among others, should benefit from the openings. However, the final coordination with the ministries and local umbrella organizations was still pending. In addition, the easing is subject to the further development of infection, as the State Chancellery emphasized.

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Two chairs and a table in one place. © picture alliance Photo: Christian Charisius

From Monday on, restaurants in all of Lower Saxony should be allowed to open again. Short breaks in hotels and youth hostels should also be possible again.

06:56 a.m.

CDU: Corona crisis management works well in Bremen

Bremen’s largest opposition party, the CDU, has given the red-green-red state government’s crisis management overall good grades in dealing with the corona pandemic. “It worked well in Bremen and there is nothing to complain about,” said CDU parliamentary group leader Thomas Röwekamp of the German Press Agency. But this is mainly due to the disciplined behavior of the Bremen team.

06:48 a.m.

Corona crisis: tax revenues collapse in April

The federal and state tax revenues plummeted in April due to the corona crisis. As can be seen from the current monthly report of the Federal Ministry of Finance, the minus is more than 25 percent compared to the same month last year. Accordingly, there was the greatest loss in income, sales and aviation taxes. Germany is facing the worst post-war recession this year.

06:38 a.m.

Health Minister Spahn: Soon more tests for coronavirus

Federal Minister of Health Jens Spahn wants to lay the foundation for more tests for the corona virus in hospitals and nursing homes in the coming days. In the newspaper “Welt” Spahn announced the submission of a corresponding regulation in May. If patients and residents were admitted or relocated, tests should be the rule, according to the CDU politician. In the event of infection in a clinic or care facility, the report also says that all staff, patients and residents should be tested as a precautionary measure. Symptom-free contact persons for infected people should also be entitled to an examination for the first time. According to a new law, the Federal Ministry of Health can oblige statutory health insurers to pay for corona tests in principle.

6:28 a.m.

Hamburg’s district offices keep new online offers

The digitization of Hamburg’s administration has been catapulted significantly forward by the Corona crisis. According to information from NDR 90.3, many of the district offices’ online offers are to be retained even after the Corona crisis.

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A man walks past the information desk of the Hamburg-Mitte district on December 10, 2019. © picture alliance / Christian Charisius / dpa Photo: Christian Charisius

The Hamburg administration remains digital even after the Corona crisis: According to information from NDR 90.3, many online offers from the district offices are to be retained.

6 a.m.

Ascension trips in the north: police take positive stock

The police made a largely positive assessment of Ascension Day. Most people in northern Germany adhered to the corona protection rules. The police in Lower Saxony stated that there were gratifyingly few violations. The officials too in Hamburg announced a quiet day. Many people were drawn to the coast in sunny weather. There were also increased controls there. The authorities in Schleswig-Holstein and Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania also did not register any major problems.

Police officers warn tourists of the safety distance.


Many use the holiday for a walk in the forest.


6 a.m.

Even more corona cases in a meat factory in Dissen

After further tests, 54 new coronavirus cases were confirmed among the employees of the Westcrown meat company in Dissen (Lower Saxony, Osnabrück). That was the result of the second test with 126 employees, who had been negative in the first run in the past week, said the Osnabrück district yesterday.

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A plaque indicates the operation of Westfleisch / Westcrown. © dpa-Bildfunk Photo: Friso Gentsch

In Dissen, tests at the Westcrown meat company showed that 54 other employees were infected with the corona virus. This brings the total to 146.

6 a.m.

Research result: Too many protective masks not yet on site

The Federal Ministry of Health apparently has problems distributing FFP2 protective masks. According to information from NDR, WDR and “Süddeutscher Zeitung”, the authority has now accumulated more than 130 million of these masks – but they would not get where they are needed. According to the Marburger Bund, protective masks are still missing in numerous medical practices and clinics. According to the research, the reason for this is, among other things, the failure of the federal government to pay suppliers. The ministry admitted logistical problems with the distribution. At the same time, testing the FFP2 masks is complex because of the high standards. About 20 percent of the goods delivered do not meet the requirements.

A doctor puts on a FFP-2 breathing mask in the treatment room of a corona ambulance. © dpa photo: Robert Michael

Corona protection: problems with mask management

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May 21, 2020 5:30 p.m. Author: Hornung, Peter

The Ministry of Health has accumulated more than 130 million FFP2 masks, according to NDR, WDR and “SZ”. But they do not arrive where they are urgently needed.

6 a.m.

Corona reporting on NDR television

Here you will find a selection of television reports from the NDR state magazines as well as from NDR Info from yesterday evening, which dealt with the consequences of the coronavirus pandemic

General practitioner Renate Schlegel during a video consultation.


Employees in a meat factory.


Pastor Hans-Günter Sorge can also be seen on a screen during the drive-in service.


Vacationers lie on the beach.


North magazine

Bicycles stand in front of a bike shop.


North magazine

People stand in a garden.


Hello Lower Saxony

A doctor examines a patient.


Hello Lower Saxony

6 a.m.

No new infections reported in MV – 84 in total in the north

Yesterday, 71 new infections were reported in Lower Saxony, seven in Hamburg, six in Schleswig-Holstein – and none at all in Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania. There were no new figures for Bremen. The provisional total number of new infections in the northern German federal states is 84. The number was 110 on Wednesday and 96 on Tuesday.

Below you will find an overview of the course of the pandemic in the northern German states based on the number of newly diagnosed infections. However, the new numbers may not be complete. The authorities keep reporting new cases. This can also be seen in the course of the columns: fewer cases are known on weekends, and there is a higher rash at the beginning of the week because of the late registrations that remained on Saturday and Sunday.

6 a.m.

Good morning on the bridge day!

Also on the bridge day between Ascension Day and the upcoming weekend, reports in detail today in a live ticker about the effects of the coronavirus pandemic in and for northern Germany. In addition to the latest news, you will also find content from the radio programs of North German Radio and NDR television. There is more background information on this map and the following pages:

FAQ, podcast and background

Corona viruses hover over a calendar. Icon image © fotolia Photo: psdesign1, Brian Jackson

The northern German federal states have partially decided to relax the corona measures individually. An overview of when and where which regulations come into force.

Pupils in a 4th grade walk to their classrooms on a flight of stairs. © picture alliance / dpa photo: Christian Charisius

In the Corona crisis, schools and daycare centers are also gradually reopening in northern Germany. What plans are there for this? offers a comprehensive overview.

In the garden of a courtyard café, people sit and enjoy cakes and sunshine. © NDR Photo: Yosua Pandelaki

After further easing of the corona measures is in the hands of the individual federal states, a lot changes gradually. gives an overview of details in the north.

Feet sticking out of a beach chair © Photo: Jenny Sturm

The northern German states are gradually opening accommodations to tourists again. Worldwide, however, a travel warning continues until June 14th. All information for vacationers.

A man holds a mask in front of his face. © Brilliant Eye / Photo: Brilliant Eye /

In order to curb the spread of coronavirus, masking is mandatory in parts of public space in northern Germany. The most important questions and answers can be found here.

Portrait of Christian Drosten, Director of the Institute of Virology at the Charité in Berlin. © picture alliance / Christophe Gateau / dpa Photo: Christophe Gateau

What’s New in Corona Virus? Virus researcher Christian Drosten regularly answers questions and explains the background in a podcast.

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