🚥 The latest corona stats for Berlin (tallied Wednesday, 2 December)
New cases in one day: 958 (1,161 Tuesday)
Total number of corona deaths: 618 (+24 over Tuesday)
🟢 R number: 0.89 (0.88 Tuesday)
🔴 New infections per week: 181,6 / 100,000 inhabitants (194 Tuesday)
Source: Berlin's coronavirus status page
Chancellor Angela Merkel and the heads of Germany's 16 states met late Wednesday in what was supposed to be a routine meeting with no major policy decisions. But sometimes life happens and the politicians agreed to extend the current lockdown to 10 January because the number of new infections and deaths have stagnated but not yet begun to fall. Chancellor Merkel warned that immunizations won't be an immediate solution since only seven million doses will be available in the first quarter, and patients must be inoculated twice. Markus Söder, Bavaria's top politician, wants an even harder lockdown.
Hotels want clarity
Dehoga, a lobbying group for hotels and restaurants, wants Berlin politicians to allow hotels to open from 23 December to 27 December without restrictions. Currently, they are only be allowed to host people visiting relatives in Berlin but the association says hotels cannot verify why guests are in town. It's also criticising a plan to house healthy corona patients in hotels to simplify quarantines. Hotels say they have received little information on how to guard against the virus and safekeep staff with small hotbeds of pestilence wandering their halls.
In case you missed it...
So the UK has approved the Biontech/Pfizer vaccine and the EU should any day now. But who will get vaccinated in Berlin and when? The head of Berlin's immunization programme recently answered (follow that link or here).
That's all for now, folks. Stay safe!
The Berliner Zeitung English team