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 Wednesday, 21 October)

🟢 R number: 1.05 (1.11 Tuesday)

🔴 New infections per week: 104.4 / 100,000 inhabitants (93.8 Tuesday)

🟢 Share of Berlin ICUs occupied by Covid-19 patients: 6.7 per cent (6.4 per cent Tuesday)

Total number of corona deaths: 243 (no change)

Source: Berlin's coronavirus status page 

The lowdown...

Almost 1000 new cases in Berlin

In its Wednesday "situation report", the Berlin Senat reported 971 new infections over the previous 24 hours - a new record. The citywide incidence rate rose to over 100 cases per 100,000 for the first time. In Neukölln, the district with the highest incidence of corona infection, that number rose to 217.9 per 100,000. 

Meanwhile, the Robert Koch Institute announced Thursday morning that Germany-wide, 11,287 people had tested positive in a single day, also a new record. It was the first time that more than 10,000 new cases of coronvirus infection were reported in a 24-hour period.

Police raid suspected corona fraudsters

On Wednesday, Berlin police said they had raided six locations, including a mosque, connected with allegedly fraudulous applications for emergency corona support last spring. The police said approximately €70,000 of corona aid had been applied for illegally by the parties under investigation - and some of it had landed on the bank account of a mosque. Religious institutions are not eligible for Berlin's corona aid. 

The hamsters are back

The Federal Office of Statistics said that in the week from 12-17 October, Germans bought twice as much toilet paper as normal. Sales of disinfectant, soap, flour and yeast are also up again. A lot of people seem convinced another lockdown is coming. 

Gendarmenmarkt Christmas market cancelled

Although the city hasn't officially decided whether to let Christmas markets go ahead or not, the WeihnachtsZauber market outside the Konzerthaus at the picturesque Gendarmenmarkt in Mitte has been cancelled. The organisers said the health and economic risks involved were too high. What's Christmas without Weihnachtsmärte? Should we just cancel it altogether?

In case you missed it...

"Reality is crumbling," writes cultural scholar Eva Horn in her essay on people's willingness to believe in conspiracy theories in the age of corona. Read it here.

That's all for now folks. Stay safe!

Yours,

The Berliner Zeitung English team

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