13.10.20 update : Today's corona news in 60 seconds
+++ Lüften for teachers +++ Klo ruling expected +++ Travel to Meck-Pomm +++ the stats
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, 12 October)
🔴 R number: 1.20 (1.29 Sunday)
🔴 New infections per week: 63.2 / 100,000 inhabitants (61.3 Sunday)
🟢 Share of Berlin ICUs occupied by Covid-19 patients: 3.5 per cent (3.1 per cent Monday)
Total number of corona deaths: 234 (No change)
Source: Berlin's coronavirus status page
Lüften tech for teachers
Berlin is spending a million euros on CO₂ monitoring devices that will be used to indicate when oxygen levels in classrooms get too low - and windows can be opened. Under the new corona regimen for schools, classrooms must be regularly aired out and the devices will help them hone their Lüften technique and rhythm. Check out our article from August on Lüften, as a weapon against the virus in schools.
Das Klo court ruling expected today
This afternoon a Berlin court is expected to announce its ruling in a landmark corona case: Das Klo, the toilet theme bar in Charlottenburg, is suing the state for damages incurred during lockdown (we wrote about the case a couple of weeks ago). A victory for the bar could open up a pandora's box of legal action and bankrupt the city, so we're betting it won't happen. We'll keep you posted!
Family members allowed to travel to Meck-Pomm after all
Separated dads banned from seeing their kids, people not allowed to visit their aging parents: the new travel rules that went into effect at the weekend caused panic and confusion for Berliners who regularly visit other German states to visit immediate family. Now, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern health minister Harry Glawe says they can visit the state after all - just in time for the autumn school holidays, which began this week. But no hotel stays! Just another day in the neverending corona confusion resulting from Germany's decentralised federal system of 16 independent states.
In case you missed it...
1989/1990 aka Die Wende was a momentous time in Berlin's history: the peaceful East German revolution, the fall of the Wall, reunification. In an excerpt from issue 1 of our new English history magazine - B History, we talk to the former mayors of East and West Berlin from that era. Read it here!
That's all for now folks. Have a healthy weekend!
The Berliner Zeitung English team
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