🚥 The latest corona stats for Berlin (tallied Tuesday, 8 December)
New cases in one day: 1,348 (640 Monday)
Total number of corona deaths: 732 (+33 over Monday)
🟢 R number: 1.11 (1.20 Monday)
🔴 New infections per week: 190.7/ 100,000 inhabitants (186.1 Monday)
Source: Berlin's coronavirus status page
Germany on Monday recorded the most corona-related deaths ever. At 590, the figure is about 100 more than the previous record and comes amid heightened criticism that the current restrictions aren't enough. Chancellor Angela Merkel is discussing the situation with the lower house of Germany's parliament Wednesday in a scheduled budget debate and pretty much everyone is confident stricter restrictions are just days – if not hours – away.
The next lockdown
Although nothing has yet been decided, Berlin economy minister Ramona Pop has asked schools to prepare for an extension to Christmas vacation to 10 January, according to widespread reports. She is also considering temporarily closing all but necessary retail between 28 December and 10 January. Although Mayor Michael Müller said the considerations are part of a national discussion, the states of Bavaria and Saxony have already agreed stricter restrictions.
Care home outbreak, again
At least 55 of 200 residents and 13 employees of the Haus and der Spree care home in Friedrichshain have tested positive, the Morgenpost reported. The news is concerning after an outbreak in a home in Lichtenberg last month resulted in 15 deaths. Health officials say the latest outbreak is under control and several patients have been transferred to hospitals.
Trumpeting corona around Berlin
A study by celebrity Berlin epidemiologist Christian Drosten supports the comprehensive closure of the city's nightlife. The study looked at a super-spreader event at the Trompete club in Tiergarten at the end of February. 74 people were infected with the virus at the club, including 54 per cent of the location's 16 employees. Experts believe a single person with symptoms visited the club and sparked the outbreak, supporting the closure of clubs and bars to curb the spread.
In case you missed it...
The pandemic and Germany's odd obsession with privacy are a perfect storm to keep kids from learning. Berliner Zeitung looked at how privacy fears coupled with digital naivete are hindering homeschooling at Brodowin elementary.
That's all for now, folks. Stay safe!
The Berliner Zeitung English team