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🚥 The latest corona stats for Berlin (tallied Tuesday, 29 December)
New cases in one day: 1,287 (646 Monday)
Total number of corona deaths: 1,213 (+41 over Monday)
🟢 R number: 0.68 (0.70 Sunday)
🔴 New infections per week: 160.9/ 100,000 inhabitants (173.5 Monday)
Source: Berlin's coronavirus status page
For the first time, Germany's daily deaths tip 1,000
To round off this largely terrible year, 2020 got one more in yesterday by bringing us one of the grimmest days so far. Nationwide, a record 1,129 corona deaths were recorded over 24 hours. The previous record was 962, set on Wednesday of last week. On the same day, another 22,459 people tested positive across the country. This graph shows the rising death toll.
Kalayci "disappointed" over vaccine shortages
Corona vaccines can't come fast enough but countries across the EU have faced supply issues this week. Berlin's health minister, Dilek Kalayci (SPD), says weekly deliveries of 29,250 doses to the city are expected in the New Year - but there are uncertainties over when the next batch is coming: "What annoys me is that we partially have no information on which day of the week the vaccines will be delivered, so it's difficult to schedule appointments," she told rbb radio. She added that Berlin has 58,500 jabs to distribute before the end of the year, just about enough to cover residents in the city's care homes.
Doctors in trouble over bad corona certificates
Berlin's State Criminal Investigation Office (LKA) is investigating almost 100 cases of doctors wrongly giving out certificates exempting individuals from having to wear a face mask. Almost 260 reports of the bogus certificates have been filed since September. An LKA spokesperson said this could arise from people downloading free, blank certificates from the internet and filling them out themselves, or doctors not stating specific medical reasons for the exemption on the certificate.
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That's all for now, folks. Stay safe!
The Berliner Zeitung English team