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Last meeting of the city's crisis management team for the time being

The Crisis Committee of the Federal City of Bonn met on Wednesday, 24 June 2020, for its 36th and for the time being last planned meeting in connection with the coronavirus pandemic. With the beginning of the summer holidays, it will go into standby mode.

The Mayor expressed his thanks to all those involved at the last meeting of the crisis team, which was the last one for the time being.

"I would like to thank the members of the crisis team and the staff of the city administration as well as the external experts for their excellent work over the past weeks and months, which have been very strenuous and eventful," said Mayor Ashok Sridharan, who attended almost all meetings of the crisis team. "Since 29 February, far-reaching decisions have been taken in the crisis team, which have been successful in limiting the pandemic and have contributed to Bonn's ability to get through the crisis well.

Together with city director Wolfgang Fuchs, head of the crisis management team, he is certain: "We believe that the City of Bonn is very well positioned overall in the Corona pandemic. Since the beginning of the crisis, we have pursued the line of focusing our work on the health protection of the population and in particular on the concern for risk groups". 

Spread contained

With a variety of measures and thanks to the understanding and support of the citizens, it was possible to contain the spread of the corona virus in Bonn. As of Wednesday, 24 June 2020, four people in Bonn are still acutely ill with Covid-19. Since February 28, 2020, 757 people have been tested positive for the coronavirus, unchanged from the previous year. 745 people have recovered and eight people have died in connection with Covid-19. In the past seven days only three new infections have been registered in Bonn; this corresponds to 0.91 new infections per 100,000 inhabitants. With the emergency mechanism introduced by the federal and state governments against rising infection rates of 50 new cases per 100,000 inhabitants within seven days, the limit for the federal city of Bonn with more than 330,000 inhabitants is 165 cases. 

More than one million hits on the Internet

The sometimes very short-term implementation, communication and monitoring of the state requirements, decrees and ordinances repeatedly posed enormous challenges for the Federal City of Bonn. An important contribution in this context was the extensive information and communication with the public. Well over 20,000 enquiries were answered, and people were informed and educated, both by telephone on the Corona hotline of the Health Department (19,024 calls alone) and by e-mail and on the city's social media channels. The coronavirus pages on the City of Bonn's website alone were accessed more than a million times.

The city of Bonn expects to deal with the coronavirus pandemic for some time to come. While the crisis team is now in stand-by mode, the crisis team's coordination group will fulfill its reporting duties according to the guidelines of the district government and will immediately convene the crisis team if the situation changes. The further processing of the coronavirus will take place within the framework of operational administrative action, in particular the public health department will remain active.

Appeal by the Mayor and the City Director

"Our appeal to the citizens: please remain alert, continue to follow the rules, keep your distance and please wear a mask when shopping, as well as on buses and trains and wherever the distance is not guaranteed. Because the pandemic is far from over. We are right in the middle of it," said Lord Mayor Sridharan and City Director Fuchs.

Figures, data Facts

  • Number of calls on the Corona hotline of the health office: 19,024 calls
  • Total number of tests in the diagnostic centre and by mobile teams: 12,042
  • Number of corona operations of the town planning service: 2250
  • Total number of offences detected: 2000, mainly against contact ban
  • Total number of written reports: about 1300, 960 fines imposed
  • Access figures for the German-language coronavirus pages: 1,063,728
  • Access figures for the English language coronavirus pages: 36,215
  • Total number of questions answered on social media: around 1100
  • Highest reach of social media posts: live streams of the press conferences on Facebook on 29 February (123,307) and 1 March (80,564)

History

  • February 28, 2020: First case of coronavirus in Bonn; OGS employee at the Clemens-August-Grundschule
  • 29 February 2020: First meeting of the crisis management team of the city of Bonn (about 4 a.m. at the public health department)
  • February 29, 2020: City closes Clemens August primary school
  • 11 March: City cancels all major events with more than 1000 visitors until further notice
  • 13 March 2020: City closes all its urban cultural and sports facilities with immediate effect
  • 14 March: Start of the diagnostics centre in Bad Godesberg
  • from 16 March 2020: day-care centres are closed (except for emergency care for children of key persons), schools are closed
  • From 17 March 2020: Visits to retirement homes will be restricted
  • from 19 March 2020: until further notice, the city restricts access to all service buildings for the public by appointment only
  • 18 March 2020: "Lockdown": general decree of the city to close facilities, shops, restaurants and food outlets.
  • 22 March 2020: Entry into force of the State's legislative decree: No contact with more than three people.
  • 23 March 2020: First death in connection with the coronavirus
  • April 8, 2020: Cherry blossom: city blocks streets in the old town
  • 21. April 2020: City cancels Puetzchens market 2020
  • April 27, 2020: Introduction of a nationwide mask obligation in buses and trains and when shopping
  • 27 April 2020: First shops allowed to reopen
  • 1 May 2020: drive-in cinema and drive-in concerts approved
  • from 4 May 2020: again more appointments with the city administration
  • 7 May 2020: City announces successive reopening of cultural institutions
  • from 7 May 2020: all primary schools resume operations
  • from 9 May 2020: Visitors in retirement homes possible again
  • from 11 May 2020: more face-to-face teaching at Bonn schools
  • from 14 May 2020: some of the pre-school children may return to the daycare centres
  • 20 May 2020: First sports halls open again for sports clubs
  • 21 May 2020: The open-air swimming pool in Rüngsdorf marks the start of the season
  • May 28, 2020: City presents joint study with the university hospital in two daycare centers
  • 30 May 2020: Nationwide, groups of up to ten people may meet in public again
  • 12 June 2020: Townhouse main entrance open again
  • 15 June 2020: City significantly expands the range of appointments in the service centre
  • 24 June 2020: 36th and for the time being last planned meeting of the crisis management team of the city of Bonn

Have regularly participated in the meetings of the Coronavirus crisis unit

  • City director Wolfgang Fuchs, head of the crisis team
  • Mayor Ashok Sridharan
  • Carolin Krause, Head of Family, Education and Social Affairs
  • Margarete Heidler, city treasurer
  • Dr. Inge Heyer, head of the health department
  • Andreas Leinhaas, Head of the Personnel and Organization Office
  • Dr. Monika Hörig, head of the press office
  • Jochen Stein, head of the fire and rescue service
  • Günter Dick, Head of the Citizen Services
  • Prof. Martin Exner, Director of the Institute for Hygiene and Public Health of the University Hospital Bonn

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