First, the latest official numbers for Berlin (tallied Monday, 6 September)
R number: 1.01 (0.89 day earlier)
New infections per week: 13.7 / 100,000 inhabitants (12.7 day earlier)
Percentage of covid-19 patients in intensive care: 0.9 per cent (no change)
Total number of corona deaths: 226 (no new deaths)
Source: Berlin's coronavirus status page
Antisemitic corona incidents
Seventy-five corona-related antisemitic incidents have been recorded by the Centre for Research and Information on Antisemitism Berlin (Recherche- und Informationsstelle Antisemitismus Berlin, RIAS Berlin). The incidents include public comments about Jews being the cause of corona as well as antisemitic statements at the many protests against Covid-19 restrictions. A more detailed report here. Mood: Angered and disappointed.
It's even difficult to put "digital" and "schools" in the same sentence
Germany ranked last in a survey to determine how smoothly seven developed countries made the switch to online school during corona. Just 1-in-10 German respondents to the study by US tech company Citrix said the transition went smoothly. To be fair, only 30 per cent in Singapore answered the same, and it won the survey. About 50 per cent in Germany said children weren't adequately prepared. My kids seem to have been on vacation since February.
Back-to-school but not back-to-corona
Only 25 public schools are currently dealing with corona cases, according to Friday statistics from the Berlin education department. That's down from 37 on 28 August and 39 on 21 August. The statistics cover the city's 350,000 students at 692 public schools. The number of individual students affected remained level, the stats show.
That's all for now folks. Stay healthy!
The Berliner Zeitung English team