Coronavirus [kəˈɹəʊnəˌvaɪɹəs] (derived from the Latin corōna for ‘garland’ or ‘crown’) is any of a family of RNA viruses. The novel coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 causes the disease COVID-19. The
first case was recorded in late 2019 in the Chinese city of Wuhan. COVID-19 developed into an epidemic in China in January 2020, quickly unleashing a global pandemic.

Infographic Coronavirus

akzente presents a selection of facts and figures that illustrate the positives and negatives of the pandemic.


A guest column by Gabriel Quijandría Acosta, Environment Minister of Peru

Report Coronavirus

After a decade of gradual progress in Colombia, the coronavirus pandemic has exacerbated social and environmental conflict.

Interview Coronavirus

WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus on the current state of the coronavirus pandemic.

Essay Coronavirus

The coronavirus crisis poses new and unprecedented challenges for every country, in particular developing nations.

In focus Coronavirus

GIZ supports the efforts of its partner countries to tackle the pandemic in sustainable ways that offer both social and environmental benefits.