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 Monday, 4 January)

New cases in one day: 771 (656 Sunday)

Total number of corona deaths: 1,327 (+22 over Sunday)

🟢 R number: 0.86 (0.86 Sunday)

🔴 New infections per week: 134.6/100,000 inhabitants (129.8 Sunday)

🔴 Share of Berlin ICUs occupied by Covid-19 patients: 34.5 per cent (34.9 per cent Sunday)

Source: Berlin's coronavirus status page 

The lowdown...

Politicians meeting mid-day

Chancellor Angela Merkel will meet with the heads of the 16 states beginning at 1pm. The pols are expected to extend the lockdown to 31 January and, if Bild is to be believed, institute curfews for regions with incidences above 100 (new cases per 100,000 population per week). Citizens may also be restricted in how far from home they can wander.  

Immunised by summer

German health minister Jens Spahn said he thinks everyone will have an opportunity to be immunised in the second quarter if more vaccines are approved, according to widespread reports. Germany is expecting a total 60 million doses from Biontech/Pfizer and an additional 50 million from Moderna, which would then be enough for everyone. EU's medical watchdog is seen approving the Moderna vaccine Wednesday. The current shortages are just due to strong demand and the ramping up of production, various experts have said.

Over-90s getting vaccinated now too

The immunisation centre in Arena in Treptow re-opened Monday after a four-day break and is vaccinating only those over 90 who don't live in a care home (Berlin is home to 31,600 nonagenarians and centegenarians who live at home). So far, 15,800 have received immunisation invitations - they are brought to the centre by taxis that are paid for by the government. 

In case you missed it...

With kids sort-of returning to online schooling this week, a quick reminder that Germany's aversion to technology and übertrieben demands for privacy are making a bad situation worse for schools.

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

Yours,

The Berliner Zeitung English team

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