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The duties of a peace-time army.
The duties of a peace-time army.Photo: dpa

Berlin-Every weekday at 11am come to the Berliner Zeitung English Edition for the corona/Covid-19 news at a glance.

🚥 The latest corona stats for Berlin (tallied Tuesday, 23 December)

New cases in one day: 1,593 (1,504 Tuesday)

Total number of corona deaths: 1,105  (+39 over Tuesday)

🟢 R number: 0.95 (0.98 Tuesday)

🔴 New infections per week: 237.7/ 100,000 inhabitants (216.7 Tuesday)

🔴 Share of Berlin ICUs occupied by Covid-19 patients: 30.4 per cent (28 per cent Tuesday)

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Source: Berlin's coronavirus status page 

The lowdown...

Update update

Our corona update will be taking a break and won't happen again until Monday, 28 December. Frohes Fest everyone!

But can I get immunised too?

300 soldiers played doctor this week or, better put, patient, to test the procedures and construction in the Arena, which is usually an event and concert space but has been repurposed as an immunisation centre. It will be the first centre to open and will begin operations on Sunday. Like all good parties, the vaccination is initially invite-only.

Hello, Santa?

Corona has sparked yet another record – the number of letters written to the German Santa, who apparently lives in Himmelpfort. The town north of Berlin, post code 16998, was picked as his home by a handful of kids in 1975, according to newswire dpa. This year the post office reportedly received 320,000 letters. Last year 294,000. Is Santa at the top of the immunisation list?

In case you missed it...

Around Christmastime, it's easy to forget other religions are observed by plenty of Berliners. Read our profile with Seyran Ateş, founder and iman at one of the city's most liberal mosques. 

That's all for now, folks. Stay safe!


The Berliner Zeitung English team

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