🚥 The latest corona stats for Berlin (tallied Tuesday, 2 February)
New cases in one day: 353 (140 Monday)
Total number of corona deaths: 2,326 (+33 over Monday)
🔴 New infections per week: 84.9/100,000 inhabitants (84.8 Monday)
Source: Berlin's coronavirus status page
Müller: no promises for end of lockdown
Berlin's Senat met yesterday to discuss the outcomes of Monday's vaccination summit between chancellor Merkel and Germany's 16 state premiers. Mayor Michael Müller (SPD) said during the discussion that although he was pleased to see infection statistics going down, he was "cautious" about lifting restrictions from the hoped-for date of 14 February. "I cannot in good conscience speak of scenarios for reopening at the moment. The seven-day incidence limit is 30," he told colleagues. He added that his first priority will be reopening schools and daycare - and that all care home residents who want a vaccine get one.
Merkel defends strategy, welcomes Russian vaccine
Angela Merkel gave a rare TV interview to public broadcaster ARD on Tuesday night. In it, she said on the whole "nothing has gone wrong" with Germany's vaccination efforts so far, even though countries like the UK, US and Israel are working much faster. She put American success down to higher production capacity and because the country is "exporting virtually nothing out of its borders". She also responded to news that Russia's Sputnik V vaccine has been found to be 91.6 per cent effective in new trial studies. "Every vaccine is welcome in the EU," she said, adding that she recently discussed the subject with Russian president Vladimir Putin.
No gigs without a jab?
Klaus-Peter Schulenberg, CEO of entertainment giant CTS Eventim, has indicated that he thinks event organisers ought to be able to require a Covid vaccination from attendees once everyone has had a chance to get one. "If there is enough vaccine and everyone can be vaccinated, then private organisers should also have the opportunity to make vaccination an entry requirement," he told Wirtschaftswoche. His company already has technical systems in place to read vaccination documents, he said.
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That's all for now, folks. Stay safe!
The Berliner Zeitung English team