the Fight against coronaudbruddet is the biggest challenge Germany has faced since the Second world War.
It says German chancellor, Angela Merkel, in a tv speech on Wednesday evening.
She calls on germans to follow the authorities ' instructions and show solidarity in a difficult time.
- the Situation is serious. Take it seriously. Not since the German reunification, no, not since the Second world War, has our country faced a challenge that depends as much on our shared solidarity, she says.
over his 15 years as chancellor of Germany, Merkel has faced major challenges as the financial crisis in 2008, the refugee crisis in 2015, and no later than brexit.
She has never previously spoken to the germans at other times than new year, where she holds his annual new year speech.
- I fully believe that we can succeed with this tasks, if all citizens fully understand their own tasks, says Merkel.
Over the whole of Germany as well federal as state governments closed schools, restaurants, a large number of companies as well as museums, concert halls and much else in an attempt to get coronasmitten to life.
The German authorities have not yet asked people to stay at home, as has been done in other countries. Both in Italy, France, Belgium and Spain introduced a whole or partial curfew.
And despite the German government's calls to keep distance to each other, many germans still out and enjoying the spring, meet and keep even the 'corona-parties'.
the Merkel - who grew up in the former East germany - says that she understands that it can be difficult to give up its freedoms.
- But it is necessary right now in order to save lives, says the chancellor.
The latest figures from Germany show that 12 people so far died of Covid-19, which is the disease, corona virus can trigger. 8198 people are confirmed infected by the virus.
The German Robert Koch institute has warned that there may be 10 million infected people in Germany in the course of the next few months, if people don't avoid social contact.