Germany’s Ground Zero A District Is Paralyzed by Coronavirus

The first cases of the coronavirus to be registered in the state of North Rhine-Westphalia originated in the Heinsberg district. The area has become a test case for all of Germany and how the country will handle the deadly sickness.
The entrance to the hospital in Heinsberg.

The entrance to the hospital in Heinsberg.

Foto: MATTHIAS JUNG / DER SPIEGEL
Coronavirus testing site in Gangelt: What's worse? The virus or the panic?

Coronavirus testing site in Gangelt: What's worse? The virus or the panic?

Foto: MATTHIAS JUNG / DER SPIEGEL
Supermarket shelves in Heinsberg: "I won’t take the risk of endangering my children."

Supermarket shelves in Heinsberg: "I won’t take the risk of endangering my children."

Foto: SASCHA STEINBACH / EPA-EFE / REX
DER SPIEGEL 11/2020

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