🚥 The latest corona stats for Berlin (tallied Tuesday, 12 January)
New cases in one day: 1,070 (1,036 Monday)
Total number of corona deaths: 1,635 (+44 over Monday)
🔴 New infections per week: 199.9/100,000 inhabitants (190.8 Monday)
Source: Berlin's coronavirus status page
Local politicians cleared the way for possibly limiting movement to a 15km radius around Berlin should the incidence (new cases/100,000 inhabitants/week) exceed 200 (currently 199.9). We've got a special briefing on Berlin's travel restriction regulations since the incidence doesn't appear to be falling.
Just a fraction will be immunised by March
A paltry 3.7 per cent of Berliners will be vaccinated by the end of February as vaccine deliveries trickle into the capital. The first priority group – people over 80 as well as those who live in care homes and care providers – won't even all be immunised before the end of March. The EU is to blame since it ordered 200m rather than a possible 500m doses from Biontech/Pfizer and just 80m instead of the necessary 300m doses from Moderna, parliamentarian Dietmar Barsch (Die Linke) said on Tuesday.
Speaking of (care personnel) vaccinations
Only between 50 per cent and 80 per cent of care providers in Berlin are willing to get vaccinated, according to a Tagesspiegel survey. The figure is well below that of willing care home residents and comes after Bavaria's top politician (and potential Chancellor Angela Merkel replacement) Markus Söder suggested instituting mandatory vaccinations for certain professional groups – teachers, for example, are required to be immunised against measles.
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That's all for now, folks. Stay safe!
The Berliner Zeitung English team