Today's corona news in 60 seconds

A new corona strategy +++ Cops against bike paths +++ Police end soda party +++ the stats

Enjoy it while it lasts.
Enjoy it while it lasts.Photo: dpa

Berlin-Every weekday at 11am come to the Berliner Zeitung English Edition for the latest corona/covid-19 news at a glance.

First, the official corona stats for Berlin (tallied Wednesday, 16 September)

R number: 1.01 (1.09 Wednesday)

New infections per week: 15.9 / 100,000 inhabitants (14 Wednesday )

Percentage of covid-19 patients in intensive care: 1.3 per cent (1.1 Wednesday)

Total number of corona deaths: 227 (no change)

Source: Berlin's coronavirus status page 

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The lowdown...

The other (Swedish?) approach to corona seems to be gaining some traction

A collection of specialists and organisations with the fancy-sounding name of the German Network of Evidence-based Medicine says it's time for a new approach to corona. Tests and preventative measures provide little benefit to the masses, the network says evidence shows, and should focus instead on the most vulnerable and most at-risk. Nursing home patients and staff as well as people at choir practices should use social distancing and masks, for example, while supermarket cashiers are OK without. Events should be fine, they say, though they want us to keep checking the evidence.

Anyone else want to weigh in on pop-up bike paths?

Germany's police union is the latest group to criticise the now-controversial bike paths that popped up during corona. The far-right AfD successfully sued against the paths while the fire brigade criticised them for making emergency response more difficult because there's less room for emergency vehicles to maneuver, which seems like a passive way of saying they really prefer having bike paths as dependable parking spots.

Party at Soda Club!

Police early Saturday ended a 300-strong party at Soda Club in Prenzlauer Berg after dancing revelers ignored social-distancing regulations, Pankow mayor Sören Benn tweeted yesterday. We'll chalk it up to muscle memory but the politician reminded people to be careful out there!

That's all for now folks. Stay healthy!


The Berliner Zeitung English team

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