🚥 The latest corona stats for Berlin (tallied Sunday, 20 December)
New cases in one day: 516 (1,325 Saturday)
Total number of corona deaths: 1.007 (+6 over Saturday)
🟢 R number: 1.01 (0.91 Saturday)
🔴 New infections per week: 212/ 100,000 inhabitants (208.9 Saturday)
Source: Berlin's coronavirus status page
Are schools safe?
The death of a teacher at Carl von Ossietzky school in Kreuzberg from corona complications has raised questions about the safety of students and staff in educational institutions. Soydan A. died Thursday after being sent home from school on 10 November because of an outbreak. Education officials say schools are not hotbeds of infection and mobile testing teams will be available for schools after the combination vacation lockdown.
Confusion at BER (not the first time, mind)
Nearly 100 passengers who arrived Sunday from the UK were forced to spend the night at Berlin's new airport as officials dithered over how to handle the new travel ban because of the mutated virus in the island nation. We've got the full story here.
A ticket to ride
Local public transport providers are mulling ways to support changes in commuting behaviour as residents rely less on monthly tickets and annual subscriptions, according to the Berliner Morgenpost. The VBB, an association that oversees public transport in Berlin and Brandenburg, is reportedly considering selling bulk tickets at reduced prices or different time-limited tickets with new zones. They also want to add more services, like rental bikes, to apps to better meet demand.
In case you missed it...
English Edition boss Maurice Frank has been talking with international performers in Berlin about how they've weathered the virus. We've collected all the interviews here. Hear from someone you already know or discover something new.
That's all for now, folks. Stay safe!
The Berliner Zeitung English team