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Office masks +++ Party fine +++ Merkel says festivities will disappoint +++ the stats

The future of office love?
The future of office love?Markus Wächter

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 Tuesday, 28 September)

R number: 0.98 (1.05 Monday )

New infections per week: 28.9 / 100,000 inhabitants (28.7 Monday)

Percentage of Covid-19 patients in intensive care: 2.1 per cent (1.8 per cent Monday)

Total number of corona deaths: 228 (no change)

Source: Berlin's coronavirus status page 

The lowdown...

You're a superhero in the office anyway

Office workers must now don masks any time they're not at their desks, Berlin politicians decided on Tuesday. Indoor private parties can't have more than 25 revellers and outdoors no more than 50. More than 10 people at your party? Then you also have to keep a record and contact info for everyone who attends. The law goes into effect on Saturday.

€5,000 for a party

A Mitte restaurateur was levied a €5,000 fine for holding a dance party that ignored corona restrictions on a "massive" scale, officials said on Tuesday . While we were all hunkering down social distanced at the new Griessmühle with our masks on, the party in Mitte was allegedly just like old times.  

Merkel can't party either but unemployment is down

Chancellor Merkel told the lower house of parliament on Wednesday that festivities for the 30th anniversary of German reunification would be "quieter than the event warrrants" and warned that the tough corona times still lay ahead of us as we head into winter. As she spoke, the labour office said unemployment fell to 6.2 per cent in September as 108,000 unemployed people found jobs. The number of people on the Kurzarbeit furlough also appears to be falling.

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That's all for now folks. Stay healthy!


The Berliner Zeitung English team

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