Today's corona news in 60 seconds
+++ Mask up at markets +++ house party rules +++ desperate Neukölln +++ the stats +++
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, 20 October)
🟡 R number: 1.11 (1.20 Monday)
🔴 New infections per week: 93.8 / 100,000 inhabitants (89.2 Monday)
🟢 Share of Berlin ICUs occupied by Covid-19 patients: 6.4 per cent (5.3 per cent Monday)
Total number of corona deaths: 243 (+2)
Source: Berlin's coronavirus status page
Yesterday was Tuesday, and Tuesday means new corona rules! Once again the Senat met to figure out ways get a grip on rising infection numbers (822 new infections reported on Tuesday, up from 476 on Monday) and came up with new mask requirements for outdoor markets, busy shopping areas, shopping malls and anywhere else that it's impossible to maintain 1.5m distance from others. Masks must be worn on the following streets and areas: Tauentzienstraße, Kurfürstendamm, Schloßstraße, Wilmersdorfer Straße, Bergmannstraße, Karl-Marx-Straße, Bölschestraße, Alte Schönhauser Straße, Friedrichstraße and Altstadt Spandau.
They also lowered the legal number of people who can attend private outdoor gatherings from 50 to 25. Private indoor events can be no bigger than the members of a household plus five other people. Is this what inching towards lockdown feels like?
Neukölln desperate for more Ordnung
At 188.5 new infections per 100,000 inhabitants over the past 7 days, Neukölln tops Germany's corona charts. The district is having a hard time enforcing the citywide Sperrstunde ("bar curfew") which says that bars and restaurants must close at 11pm. The Ordnungsamt is responsible for enforcing closing times, but they get off work at midnight – and usually spend their last hour on duty with paperwork. Neukölln's mayor has asked the Senat to expand the Ordnungsamt's working hours and is retraining dozens of officers who usually issue parking tickets into corona inspectors. There's also talk of getting the Bundespolizei, the federal police, who are usually in charge of borders and such, to help out.
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That's all for now folks. Stay safe!
The Berliner Zeitung English team