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The country is among the 10 countries most affected by the virus, but has the lowest mortality rate, according to data from Johns Hopkins University.

May 19, 2020: The bar in the chart above shows the number of deaths per 100 confirmed cases (observed fatality ratio) for the 10 countries most affected by COVID-19 worldwide. Countries at the top of this number have the most deaths proportionately to their COVID-19 cases.

Johns Hopkin University Coronavirus Resource Center

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Germany is locked from March 22, bans public gatherings of more than two people, closes schools and businesses that are not important, and urges residents to stay five feet away from each other.

Berlin Germany Coronavirus Lockdown

The area near the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin without pedestrian traffic on March 25, 2020.

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The number of new daily infections peaked one week into lockdown, then began to decline.

Source: Our World in Data

Germany’s success in managing the spread of the virus has been linked to initial locking measures, extensive testing, a well-funded health care system, and clear messages from the government, Business Insider’s Bill Bostock previously reported.

BERLIN, GERMANY - MARCH 27: Medical volunteers wearing protective suits, masks, gloves and goggles return to medical practice after taking blood and throat mucus samples from visitors to test them for Covid-19 infection in a tent set up next to the house in March 27, 2020 in Berlin, Germany. Doctor Ulrike Lipke said he set up a tent as a way to offer testing but avoided the possibility of corona virus infection in his practice. Germany is trying to radically increase the capacity of the corona virus testing to 200,000 tests per day at the end of April as a way to enable people to return to work and therefore regain the crisis-hit German economy. (Photo by Sean Gallup / Getty Images)

Medical volunteers walked to the place of medical practice after collecting blood and mucus samples in Berlin, Germany, on March 27, 2020.

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Following the daily decline in cases of the new corona virus, Chancellor Angela Merkel met with the governors of 16 German states on April 15 to discuss plans to reopen.

Chancellor Angela Merkel (CDU) walked to the Chancellor on foot, accompanied by his bodyguards, after the government was interrogated at the Bundestag in Berlin, Germany, Wednesday, May 13, 2020. At the 159th session of the German Bundestag, in addition to government questions, discussions about the Bundeswehr foreign mission on the agenda. (Michael Kappeler / dpa via AP)

Chancellor Angela Merkel was accompanied by her bodyguards on May 13, 2020.

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Soon after, Germany made plans to reopen on a country-by-country basis, starting with private classes to graduate middle school students in late April.

The Thuringia School reopens April 2020

Students wearing face masks sit in a gymnasium that was turned into a classroom in Thuringia on April 27, 2020.

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Shops, restaurants, museums and places of worship have also been reopened as long as they observe social distance.

Patron of the German restaurant server in May 2020

An employee wearing a face shield chat with a customer in his cafe in Berlin on May 15, 2020.

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The restaurant has provided a very creative solution. The restaurant in Hagen has prepared an open-air ‘greenhouse’ so the restaurant can safely serve customers outside regardless of the weather.

German social distance restaurant in May 2020

A server at Novy’s Brasserie in Hagen serves guests sitting at a table in a small greenhouse on May 14, 2020.

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In Laatzen, a hotel places plastic dolls that look realistic on the table to signal that they are off limits and make the restaurant feel less empty.

Puppet social distance at a German restaurant in May 2020

The doll sits in a restaurant in the Haase Hotel in Laatzen on May 12, 2020.

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The Gutenberg Museum in Mainz, one of the oldest museums in the world dedicated to printing, makes free face masks for visitors to use.

Gutenberg Museum Germany mask for visitors May 2020

An employee at the Gutenberg Museum, which opened to the public on May 19, 2020, hangs a free face mask on the wall.

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