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🚥 First, the official corona stats for Berlin (tallied Sunday, 25 October)
🟢 R number: 1.25 (1.19 Saturday)
🔴 New infections per week: 122.7 / 100,000 inhabitants (119.1 Saturday)
🟢 Share of Berlin ICUs occupied by Covid-19 patients: 9.0 per cent (9.0 per cent Saturday)
Total number of corona deaths: 250 (+ 1)
Source: Berlin's coronavirus status page
More masks and lüften in schools to fight corona
Pupils returning to the classroom after the autumn break today will face some changes to keep everyone safe from corona. Students in the Oberstufe (final two or three years of high school), Berufsschulen (dual vocational schools) and Oberstufe centres all now have to wear masks in the classroom (not just in corridors, stairways and bathrooms). Lüften is key too – classrooms are to be aired out at least once during every class and during breaks. Berlin education minister Sandra Scheeres has also said 3,500 CO2 measuring devices that indicate when a room needs airing are to be delivered to schools in the next few days.
600 breach rules at fetish party
Police monitoring mask wearing in Berlin this weekend confirmed between 80 and 90 per cent compliance – but of course there were some notable exceptions. Because this is Berlin, officers broke up a fetish party attended by some 600 people at Alte Münze in Mitte on Saturday night. The woman who hosted the event will now face charges for breaching corona rules on attendance at private indoor events. “There were just too many people in not enough space,” police said.
Merkel: "Difficult months" ahead
Angela Merkel gave a stark warning at the weekend, reportedly telling CDU colleagues that “very, very difficult months” lie ahead. The chancellor has recently urged Germans to stay home as much as possible to avoid spreading the virus. In her podcast released on Saturday, she said: “The order of the hour for us all is to reduce our contacts and meet with fewer people.”
The Querdenker strike back
Members of the corona-sceptic “Querdenker” movement were back with more demos this weekend. Around 2,000 people gathered at Alexanderplatz at midday on Sunday demanding the “restoration of basic and human rights and an end to pandemic conditions”. Naturally, demo participants weren’t observing social distancing or the rule that participants in demos of 100 people or more have to wear masks, leading to a number of arrests and police dissolving the event early.
In case you missed it...
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That's all for now folks. Stay safe!
The Berliner Zeitung English team