🚥 The latest corona stats for Berlin (tallied Thursday, 4 February)
New cases in one day: +484 (644 Wednesday)
Total number of corona deaths: 2,418 (+44 over Wednesday)
🔴 New infections per week: 76.5/100,000 inhabitants (80.6 Wednesday)
Source: Berlin's coronavirus status page
Von der Leyen admits mistakes were made
EU Commission president Ursula von der Leyen (CDU) admitted that the bloc's procurement of vaccines could have been handled better. In an interview with Süddeutsche Zeitung she said the EU underestimated the complexity of vaccine production, but also blamed the unwieldy nature of the Union - all 27 countries are involved in the negotiations with pharma companies - for the failures: "A country can be like a speedboat. The EU is more of a tanker." The EU has ordered a total of 2.3 billion doses of coronavirus vaccines from six producers - but deliveries are lagging.
Nena: no special concerts for the vaccinated
Nena, the German singer of 99 Luftballons fame, has expressed her opposition to vaccination privileges and said on her Instagram page that she would perform for all audiences: "My dears, there won't be a two-tier society at my concerts. All of you are always welcome! Whether you get vaccinated or not is your decision alone and must be respected by all."
Better and more sex
Lockdown is having a postive impact on the sex lives of couples, according to Berlin psyschotherapist Wolfgang Krüger, who has a new book out on the subject. He told dpa that "the sex lives of at least 50 per cent of couples have improved." As evidence he cites, among other things, booming sales of condoms and sex toys - a trend which has been confirmed by Berlin online sex shop Amorelie.
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That's all for now, folks. Stay safe!
The Berliner Zeitung English team