The lack of traffic at this intersection is as rare as a green corona traffic light today (only ICU bed usage is green).
Photo: Imago

BerlinEvery 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 Monday, 21 September)

R number: 1.52 (1.32 Monday)

New infections per week: 21.9 / 100,000 inhabitants (21 Monday)

Percentage of Covid-19 patients in intensive care: 1.3 per cent (1.2 Monday)

Total number of corona deaths: 227 (no change)

Source: Berlin's coronavirus status page 

The lowdown...

And we all know about Germans and traffic lights

The jump in new corona cases over the weekend has now pushed two of the city's three "corona traffic lights" to yellow. After the light for incidence (new cases per 100,000 inhabitants) switched to yellow late Sunday because it crossed the 20 threshold, the R-factor light is now yellow as well because it was above 1.1 three days in a row. If it's above 1.2 for three days in a row the light will turn red (an incidence over 30 makes that light red). 

The remaining traffic light monitors the percentage of ICU beds in use by corona patients (see above). If two of the three lights are red, Berlin politicians are required to react with tougher restrictions.  The ICU bed doesn't change until patients are in 15 per cent and 25 per cent, respectively

Need an earworm? Here's what's in my head when I write about corona lights....

Berlin's always atop the wrong lists

Two Berlin neighbourhoods are among the top 10 hotspots in Germany, according to the Robert Koch Institute. Friedrichshain-Kreuzberg, with an incidence of 48.6, is No. 4 and Mitte at 34.7 is No. 10. Berlin politicians are meeting today to discuss what comes next and we'll update when they say something. 

That's all for now folks. Stay healthy!

Yours,

The Berliner Zeitung English team

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