In Brief: Berlin SPD chief Michael Müller is stepping aside to make way for a new team of leaders

Berlin's governing mayor and SPD politician Michael Müller has announced he will not run again for his party’s state presidency. Germany’s Federal Family Minister Franziska Giffey and Berlin parliamentary SPD chairman Raed Saleh are looking to take over as dual leaders.

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Berlin’s governing mayor and SPD politician Michael Müller has announced he will not run again for his party’s state presidency. 

Germany’s Federal Family Minister Franziska Giffey and Berlin parliamentary SPD chairman Raed Saleh are looking to take over as dual leaders.

Müller said he will however continue serving as Berlin’s mayor. The next election for Berlin’s House of Representatives takes place in the fall of 2021.

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In Bavaria several more people have been infected with the coronavirus from China.

They work at the same company as the man who was the first confirmed in Germany to have the virus. He is said to have contracted the virus through a colleague who was visiting Germany from China.

According to the Bavarian Ministry of Health, all four patients are doing well.

Berlin has set up a hotline for anyone concerned they might have the coronavirus. It is operational from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. and experts who speak English are also available.

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Several thousand volunteers took to the streets throughout Berlin on Wednesday night to briefly interview and count the number of homeless people in the city. 

The action was named the “Nacht der Solidarität” or Night of Solidarity and is the first of its kind in the city.

The Berlin Senate says the count is important to get a more accurate picture of Berlin’s homeless population. Up until now, the city has relied on estimates to fund and administer programs.

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