🚥 The latest corona stats for Berlin (tallied Wednesday, 27 January)
New cases in one day: 890 (433 Tuesday)
Total number of corona deaths: 2,164 (+63 over Tuesday)
🔴 New infections per week: 101.2/100,000 inhabitants (106.8 Tuesday)
Source: Berlin's coronavirus status page
Germany's 7-day corona incidence rate Wednesday fell to 98, the first time it's been under 100 since October. Politicians want it at 50 to really loosen the restrictions.
Students in their final year of Gymnasium in Berlin will be given an extra week to study before their school leaving exams. Officials Wednesday pushed the last day of school for the students to 13 April. Exams will begin on 21 April rather than 12 April. Now get German society to put less pressure on the kids.
Let your people work from home
Sixty-five people are now tasked with conducting random visits to ensure Berlin companies are allowing staff to work from home whenever possible. If the inspectors find companies that aren't complying with the corresponding local regulation, companies can be fined. Should the city discover broad disregard for the regulation, it could adapt the stricter federal guidelines. Eighty companies will be investigated each week, the state ministry for workplace, health and technical safety said.
The Kiel model for ending lockdown?
The coalition running the northern state of Schleswig-Holstein whose capital is the town of Kiel has suggested a tiered opening for the time after 14 February in keeping with suggestions from some scientists. As soon as the 7-day incidence rate falls below 100, Kiel suggests allowing five people total from two households to visit one another, Kitas with limited normal operations and hybrid attendance in elementary schools. If it remains under 100 for three weeks then visits in care homes and hospitals can resume as well as outdoor sports and zoo visits.
Should the value drop below 50, the plan foresees unrestricted daycare, more regular schooldays and in-person testing as well as in-school classes in secondary. Retail as well as restaurants and bars could re-open with social distancing. Three weeks of stability would then bring back gyms, hotels and campgrounds. Few politicians are commenting on the concept but it's being seen as a basis for discussion the next time Chancellor Angela Merkel meets with the heads of the country's 16 states.
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Maybe you want a break from corona but the debate about whether the vaccinated should enjoy a more normal life will heat up in the coming weeks as vaccinations increase (if they do actually increase).
That's all for now, folks. Stay safe!
The Berliner Zeitung English team