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, 28 October)

🟢 R number: 0.99 (0.97 Tuesday)

🔴 New infections per week: 144.3 / 100,000 inhabitants (137.2 Tuesday)

🟢 Share of Berlin ICUs occupied by Covid-19 patients: 11.6 per cent (9.8 per cent Tuesday)

Total number of corona deaths: 253 (+ 2)

Source: Berlin's coronavirus status page 

The lowdown...

Senat debate over new national lockdown

Yesterday confirmed what many of us were expecting - Germany is going back into lockdown, albeit in a less stricter form than in the spring (read our round-up of the announcement here). Now the Berlin government has to hold a special session to implement the restrictions - mayor Michael Müller stands by them, but others, like Die Linke's boss in Berlin, Katina Schubert, aren't so convinced. She says it's wrong to close restaurants, pubs and bars to customers when so many have spent time and money on ventilation and hygiene plans for winter. 

Pop goes corona?

In August, pop start Tim Bendzko performed a concert in Leipzig as part of an experiment run by Halle's Martin Luther University to see how large scale events could be held while avoiding a Covid outbreak – and the findings will be announced today. 1,400 volunteers aged 18-50 took part (after testing negative for corona) and wore data trackers to log their contacts during the concert to assess the risk of a Covid outbreak.

Compulsory masks on 33 streets

Berlin has now announced what new streets and areas around the city will become compulsory-mask zones from Saturday. You can read the full list, which now covers 33 streets, in our corona rules breakdown below. Or just wear a mask literally anywhere you think it will be busy.

In case you missed it...

Staying home more during the pandemic has clearly left some with much more time on their hands - so did one elderly Brandenburg couple turn to growing marijuana as a quarantine hobby? Read all about it here.

That's all for now folks. Stay safe!

Yours,

The Berliner Zeitung English team

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