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 Sunday, 8 November)

New cases in one day: +241 (Thursday +1,387)

Total number of corona deaths: 295 (+1 over Saturday)

🟢 R number: 1.07 (0.81 Thursday)

🔴 New infections per week: 188.2 / 100,000 inhabitants (180.9 Thursday)

🟡 Share of Berlin ICUs occupied by Covid-19 patients: 20 per cent (19.1 per cent Thursday)

Source: Berlin's coronavirus status page 

The lowdown...

Do as we say, not as we do ... 

A majority of the SPD members of Berlin's parliament are in quarantine – including the city-state's health minister Dilek Kaylaci and the head of the centre-left SPD in the Berlin parliament, Raek Saleh, according to Tagesspiegel. The SPD will reportedly have problems staffing important committees this week but they're not alone – both the business-friendly FDP and the Greens had members in quarantine last week. 

What is the Charité really doing?

Mayor Michael Müller and Olaf Scholz, Germany's finance minister, are meeting with Charité brass Monday afternoon to get a better picture of how Covid-19 patients are being treated in intensive care unit. A Berlin health official said the situation in Berlin hospitals is currently under control – with respect to both personnel and beds – but could become untenable if the virus continues to spread

New tablets for kids who need them the most

While Berlin's schools remain open, 41,500 new tablets are being distributed to pupils from lower income households to help with home schooling. Most of the cash for the tablets came from a €25.7 million corona subsidy from the federal government but 1,500 are being financed by Berlin. The rumour among my two Abitur-age kids is that school closures aren't a question of if, just when.

In case you missed it...

If you're looking for a fresh read during this second lockdown, may we recommend this contemporary Stasi tome by Jennifer Hofmann?

That's all for now, folks. Stay safe!

Yours,

The Berliner Zeitung English team

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