🚥 The latest corona stats for Berlin (tallied Monday, 11 January)
New cases in one day: 1,036 (340 Sunday)
Total number of corona deaths: 1,591 (+26 over Sunday)
🔴 R number: 1.47 (1.52 Sunday)
🔴 New infections per week: 190.8/100,000 inhabitants (190.6 Sunday)
Source: Berlin's coronavirus status page
3 red lights - restrictions on movement?
As above, each of Berlin's three corona warning "trafffic lights" have gone red for the first time. More crucially, it looks like the 7-day incidence rate will surpass the threshold of 200 new cases per 100,000 any day now - meaning a new restriction will kick in: people will no longer be permitted to travel more than 15km beyond their city of residence. For Berliners, this means no travel beyond 15km from the city limits. Hello, Brandenburg!
And remember, such forays beyond the city limits require the same "valid reasons" you need just to leave your residence these days: for work, shopping, visits to state offices, doctor visits, to care for relatives, walking the dog, exercise or visiting a place of worship. That's it.
Privileges for the vaccinated?
A sign of things to come? The eastern state of Saxony-Anhalt has lifted the quarantine requirement for some vaccinated travellers coming from overseas. The state ministry for social affairs announced that people who had "completed a vaccination against the coronavirus at least 14 days before entering the state" were exempt. This probably doesn't apply to a lot of people yet, but the move has triggered a debate about special treatment of people who have been immunised. Federal interior minister Horst Seehofer spoke out against "privileges for the vaccinated" and said he opposed "compulsory vaccinations through the back door". Sounds like we're in for some heated ethical debate on the matter as more and more people get innocculated.
Speaking of compulsory vaccinations...
Bavarian state premier and possible candidate for chancellor Markus Söder (CSU) has called on Germany's ethics council to look into the question of "if and for what groups a compulsory vaccination would be imaginable". Söder said too many care home workers were refusing to get the corona jab.
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That's all for now, folks. Stay safe!
The Berliner Zeitung English team