In Brief: Berlin expands coronavirus screening locations

As Berlin expands coronavirus screening locations, two people infected with the coronavirus die in North Rhine-Westphalia.

Photo features the Charite campus Virchkow Klinikum -one of six clinics in Berlin currently screening patients for the coronavirus. Copyright Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin.

By Monika Müller-Kroll, Sylvia Cunningham and Soraya Sarhaddi Nelson

As markets around the world plunged because of the coronavirus crisis, Berlin officials scrambled to contain the outbreak here.

As of today, six clinics are screening patients for the coronavirus. They are located in Wedding, Tempelhof, Prenzlauer Berg, Lichtenberg, Spandau and Charlottenburg. Berlin Health Senator Dilek Kalayci said these centers are intended for people who have reason to believe they’ve been infected, for instance if they’ve been in high risk areas and are showing symptoms.

Also yesterday German officials reported the first two coronavirus deaths in the country. Two people died in North Rhine-Westphalia, which has the most cases of the coronavirus.

Germany has more than 1100 confirmed cases, including at least 48 in Berlin. Among those infected are two Berlin police men which led officials to order dozens of their colleagues to stay at home.

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Germany says it will join with other interested EU countries in taking in refugee children stuck at the border between Greece and Turkey.

Joining Germany in what officials call the “Coalition of the Willing” are France, Finland, Croatia, Portugal and Luxembourg.

The CDU’s Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer told public broadcaster ZDF that Grand Coalition leaders have agreed to take in the most vulnerable children, like those in urgent need of medical care. Refugees under the age of 14 are also eligible.

How many will be plucked from the Greek and Turkish border and when will be decided following talks in Brussels.

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Someone in Germany is starting their week 90 million euros richer. That’s after they came forward to claim the top EuroJackpot prize.

Not much is known about the lucky winner, who asked lottery officials to keep their identity and future plans private.

But what we do know: the winner got a great return on their 18.50 euro investment and was transferred the whopping 90 million euro sum yesterday.

The chances of winning the EuroJackpot are about 1 in 95 million.

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