🚥 The latest corona stats for Berlin (tallied Tuesday, 19 January)
New cases in one day: 884 (544 Monday)
Total number of corona deaths: 1,918 (+58 over Monday)
🔴 New infections per week: 144.2/100,000 inhabitants (163.3 Monday)
Source: Berlin's coronavirus status page
Senat approval of new lockdown rules expected today
Chancellor Angela Merkel and the heads of Germany's 16 states Tuesday agreed to extend the current lockdown until 14 February and said people must wear either paper surgery masks or more effective FFP2 masks on public transport and while shopping. Politicians are also pleading for employers to allow more people to work from home. The new rules must be adopted by the states before they go into effect - the Berlin Senat is meeting today to debate and approve them - so your scarf will still do for now.
UK virus mutation detected in Berlin patients
At least three patients are currently in a Berlin hospital who caught the feared UK mutation in Berlin, indicating that the virus has been in the capital since at least December, according to Tagesspiegel. Previous cases were blamed on a tourist who returned from the former EU member with the mutation - and infected family members. Labs are ramping up to test all positive results to determine the mutation's prevalence.
In case you missed it...
Since this latest lockdown is at least partially based on fears over the corona mutation from the UK, maybe you'd like to review our interview with a UK physician's experiences battling Covid-19.
That's all for now, folks. Stay safe!
The Berliner Zeitung English team