🚥 The latest corona stats for Berlin (tallied Sunday, 27 December)
New cases in one day: 815 (635 Saturday)
Total number of corona deaths: 1,149 (+21 over Saturday)
🟢 R number: 0.74 (0.92 Saturday)
🔴 New infections per week: 168.1/ 100,000 inhabitants (155.9 Saturday)
Source: Berlin's coronavirus status page
Vaccinations have begun
Gertrud Haase, a 101-year-old nursing home resident in Steglitz, became the first Berliner to receive a coronavirus vaccination. The jab was administered by one of the 60 mobile immunisation teams that began visits to Berlin's old-age homes on Sunday. The vaccinating also kicked off at Arena Berlin, one of the city's large makeshift vaccination centres. First up were medical and care home staff. The city-state's health minister Dilek Kalayci (SPD) said intially around 800-900 people would be immunised per day in Arena. She said that once shipments of the Pfizer/Biontech vaccine were stepped up, each of the centres could handle up to 5,000 vaccinations per day.
Späti busted for fireworks
Despite a nationwide ban on the sale of fireworks, police found ample amounts of rockets and firecrackers on offer at a Kreuzberg kiosk on Sunday. The shop has been shut down for now. The use of fireworks has not been banned this New Year's Eve - just at 56 squares, parks and streets across the city. The question will be: has anyone got anything left in their arsenal from last year
Pack away your tinfoil hat
Citing the Infektionsschutzgesetz (Infection Protection Law), Berlin police banned a large corona sceptic demo planned for New Year's Eve. Organisers Querdenker 711 moved the protest to 30 December, but that too was shot down. In a video, head-Querdenker Michael Ballweg called upon his supporters to "accept the protest ban in Berlin" and said he wasn't currently planning any large events for the foreseeable future.
On a side note: if you speak German, we reccomend the 18 December edition of Jan Böhmermann's ZDF Magazin Royale, in which he presents Ballweg with a "Corona businessperson of the year award" - and outlines how the superspreader of corona conspiracy theories has raked in the cash by asking his supporters to"gift" money to his personal bank account.
In case you missed it...
Last week we wrote about the Duschmobil - a mobile shower van serving the needs of homeless women in Berlin.
That's all for now, folks. Stay safe!
The Berliner Zeitung English team