🚥 The latest corona stats for Berlin (tallied Thursday, 12 November)
New cases in one day: +1,960 (Wednesday +1,132)
Total number of corona deaths: 332 (+12 over Wednesday)
🟢 R number: 0.78 (0.74 Wednesday)
🔴 New infections per week: 187.3 / 100,000 inhabitants (187.3 Wednesday)
🟡 Share of Berlin ICUs occupied by Covid-19 patients: 21.4 per cent (21.7 per cent Wednesday)
Source: Berlin's coronavirus status page
The conspiracy theory is coming from inside the office
Berlin justice officials are investigating a prosecutor after the Tagesspiegel discovered she had participated in protests against corona restrictions. The attorney, who prosecutes juvenile crimes, has reportedly also shared far-right leaning posts on her private social media accounts. Officials say prosecutors have a right to take part in political protests, regardless of how odd, but must keep their distance from far-right agitators.
Still, the prosecutor may be in good company among some over-educated professionals. The Berlin medical association earlier this week said it is looking at 130 complaints of doctors denying the existence of corona, not requiring masks in waiting rooms or issuing fake certificates exempting people from wearing masks. Considering Berlin has 34,000 doctors, a few bad eggs are to be expected.
Politicians to discuss progress amid new record
Germany set a record of new corona cases Friday with 23,542 fresh positives, just as the heads of the country's 16 states prepare for a meeting on Monday with chancellor Angela Merkel to review the lockdown's progress. Widespread reports from politicians all seem to say the same thing: there hasn't been much. Don't expect any changes to the restrictions and some suggest the lockdown may eventually be extended.
A silver lining, of sorts
A 106-year-old Covid-19 patient left a Brandenburg hospital on Thursday after fending off the virus. The woman had complained of diarrhoea and stomach cramps, and tested positive as she was being admitted to the hospital. "For her advanced age, the patient's overall condition was very good so that, with our help, her immune system could successfully battle the virus," the head of the Oberhavel hospital in Oranienburg said.
In case you missed it...
Late last month the brainchild of the English Edition discovered that Berlin's non-German corona info sites, well, suck. Good for us, but bad for a city that pretends to be so worldly.
That's all for now, folks. Stay safe!
The Berliner Zeitung English team