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Berlin Senate is advising today on further corona measures
The incidence in Berlin has risen to 130.2, with the coronavirus currently 8453 people infected. News and figures in the news blog.
Berlin. The corona pandemic continues, the number of infections is rising again in Berlin, it is the third wave. In our news blog we keep you up to date on the current situation regarding the coronavirus in Berlin and Brandenburg. Current information on the corona pandemic in Germany, Europe and the world can be found in this news blog.
4.16 a.m.: Corona crisis puts a heavy financial burden on Brandenburg’s clinics
Brandenburg’s hospitals are financially heavily burdened due to the corona pandemic. Compared to January 2020, the clinics took around 62 million euros less in the first four weeks of this year, as the State Hospital Association (LKB) announced after a January survey. From the point of view of many clinics, financial aid is insufficient. The federal compensation payments for the 53 clinics in Brandenburg were 39 million euros in January 2021, as LKB managing director Michael Jacob said. The reasons for the financial problems are often the reduced number of patients treated per room and the costs for the hygiene concepts and the purchase of protective equipment.
3.31 a.m.: Senate advises on future rules for the corona pandemic
The Berlin Senate will again discuss how to combat the corona pandemic at a special meeting on Saturday (from 2 p.m.). After the number of infections has risen significantly in the past few days, the question arises whether further measures need to be decided. The Senate had already decided on Tuesday to extend the lockdown to contain the pandemic until April 24th. The federal and state governments had agreed on this shortly beforehand.
Berlin’s Governing Mayor Michael Müller (SPD) has emphasized several times that there is a need for further action. The federal and state governments also agreed on a so-called emergency brake at the beginning of March. According to this, the easing of the past weeks would have to be withdrawn within seven days with a stable incidence of over 100 new infections per 100,000 inhabitants. In Berlin, the value was last above this mark for several days.
In his government statement in the House of Representatives on Thursday, however, Müller emphasized that he did not consider it a feasible way to turn back everything that had been fought for in the last few weeks in terms of opportunities and freedoms. The most recent easings that could fall under an emergency brake include open flower shops and garden centers, expanded shopping opportunities in other shops, open beauty salons and open museums or galleries.
Müller, on the other hand, announced an obligation for companies to make more home office offers. In addition, the Senate will, among other things, talk about tightening the mask requirement. Federal Minister of Health Jens Spahn appealed on Friday to the federal states to consistently apply the agreed “emergency brake” in the event of high infection rates. He warned that the number of infections was rising too quickly and that the more contagious virus variants made the situation particularly dangerous. “If this continues unchecked, we run the risk that our health system will reach its limits in the course of April.”
We are starting our new news blog on the corona pandemic in Berlin. You can read all previous developments on infections, incidence, vaccinations, rapid tests and the situation at schools and daycare centers in Berlin in our previous Corona news blog.
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