🚥 The latest corona stats for Berlin (tallied Thursday, 3 December)
New cases in one day: 1,244 (958 Wednesday)
Total number of corona deaths: 641 (+23 over Wednesday)
🟢 R number: 0.86 (0.89 Wednesday)
🔴 New infections per week: 179/ 100,000 inhabitants (181.6 Wednesday)
Source: Berlin's coronavirus status page
Vaccination centre photo op
Four immunisation cabins were presented Wednesday at the planned vaccination centre at Arena Berlin in Treptow. Less than a year ago, the 30,000 sqm venue hosted large concerts and fairs, now it's being converted into one of the city's six inoculation locations. Four of a planned twenty cabins have arrived and are being installed in the centre of the vast hall. During a visit to the site on Thursday, Berlin's health minister Dilek Kalayci said: "The work is coming along quickly. We expect to have all centres finished by mid-December. We're not building an airport."
Speaking of airports...
Corona is hammering aviation around the world, and Berlin's airport operator is feeling the pain. Speaking before a committee in the Berlin parliament, head of BER aiport Lütke Daldrup said a total of 9.1 million passengers were expected in Berlin by the end of 2020. That number includes flights at now-shuttered Tegel and the old Schönefeld Airport (which has been renamed BER Terminal 5 and will be closed in early 2021 for "at least a year.") In 2019, Berlin airports saw a total of 35.7 million passengers pass through their doors. Airport finance chief Aletta von Massenbach said she expected the operating company to incur total losses of up to €660 million through the end of next year, thanks to corona.
Study: pandemic reinforcing traditional gender roles
According to a study by Germany's Bertelsmann Foundation, the consequences of the corona pandemic have led to a reversion to old-school gender rolls – particularly in hetereosexual couples with children. The survey found that 69 per cent of women said they were currently doing most of the housework, compared to 11 per cent of men. Similarly, 51 per cent of women said they were taking care of homeschooling/online-schooling for the kids during the pandemic, compared to 15 per cent of men; 62 per cent of women answered that they did most of the cooking at home.
In case you missed it...
Earlier in the week our German colleague Tomasz Kurianowicz interviewed Slovene philosopher Slavoj Žižek on his thoughts about the corona pandemic. Read it in English here.
That's all for now, folks. Stay safe!
The Berliner Zeitung English team