The way we were: a pre-corona concert from the Berliner Philharmoniker
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BerlinEvery weekday at 11am come to the Berliner Zeitung English Edition for the latest corona/covid-19 news at a glance.

First, the official coronavirus stats for Berlin (tallied Thursday, 10 September)

R number: 0.74 (0.92 day earlier)

New infections per week: 14.4 / 100,000 inhabitants (13.3 day earlier)

Percentage of covid-19 patients in intensive care: 1.0 per cent (1.1 day earlier)

Total number of corona deaths: 226 (no new deaths)

Source: Berlin's coronavirus status page 

The lowdown...

The show must go on

Berlin's culture senator Klaus Lederer (Linke) has said minimum social distancing in the city's theatres, opera houses and concert halls could be reduced to just 1 metre from 1.5 metres as soon as next Tuesday, 15 September. His department is apparently working on steps to soften its hygiene guidelines after implementing reduced distancing was a success in cinemas. The government's maximum number of audience members allowed in a hall of any size still stands at 1,000. However, the announcement could see some of Berlin's greatest cultural venues, like the Philharmonie, replicate the "chessboard principle" of social distancing adopted elsewhere in the art world, such as at the Barenboim-Said-Akademie. Check mate.

Double trouble

The latest coronavirus situation report from Berlin's health department is worrying: New cases leapt to  139 from 72 the day before - an almost 100% increase. The new figures, released last night (Thursday, 10 September), show Friedrichshain-Kreuzberg has the most with 43, followed by Mitte with 27 and Neukölln with 20. But it's not all bad news: 81 more Berliners have now recovered. The city's Covid traffic light system is still on green for all areas, and the number of corona deaths has been at 226 for over two weeks.

Let's get the ball rolling

The world of German sport takes one step closer to getting back to normal today with the start of the 2020-21 DFB-Pokal. The 78th season of the knockout tournament was supposed to begin on August 14 – but had to be delayed due to corona. FC Union Berlin will play their first match away against Karlsruher SC tomorrow, Saturday 12 September. Only 450 spectators will be in attendance. Matches will have huge variation in fan numbers at games – in Dresden, where the Dynamos will face Hamburger SV on Sunday, more than 10,000 fans are expected. Feel sorry for supporters of the 18 clubs playing in first round matches to be held behind closed doors.

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That's all for now folks. Stay healthy!

Yours,

The Berliner Zeitung English team

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