In Brief: First public high school in Berlin closes after teacher infected with coronavirus

Coronavirus cases are now being reported in 15 of Germany’s 16 states.

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By Sylvia Cunningham and Soraya Sarhaddi Nelson

Updated on Wednesday, March 4 at 10:30 a.m.

Berlin health officials say they’ve closed a high school in Friedrichshain until further notice after a teacher there tested positive for coronavirus.

Emanuel Lasker Oberschule is the first public high school in the city to close over the growing health crisis. A private one, Berlin Metropolitan School in Mitte was also closed.

The teacher, who lives in Marzahn-Hellersdorf, was infected while on a skiing school trip in the northern Italian region of South Tyrol. Six other teachers and 74 students who were on the trip are being tested for the virus.

Brandenburg has also confirmed its first case of coronavirus, a 51-year-old man from Oberhavel who was also vacationing in South Tyrol. Officials said he is now stable, but being isolated at home.

Coronavirus cases are now being reported in 15 of Germany’s 16 states.


Hundreds of police officers raided more than 30 homes and businesses in a Germany-wide crackdown on human trafficking from Vietnam.

Officials said the raids focused on 13 Vietnamese suspects accused of illegally trafficking scores of fellow Vietnamese.

Investigators said the alleged traffickers charged their victims up to 18,000 euros each to smuggle them to Germany. The officials explained that many of the undocumented immigrants were forced to work in nail parlors, restaurants or sweat shops to pay back their debt.

Police arrested at least 30 suspects in the raids, which took place in Berlin, Lower Saxony and five other German states.


Berlin has its first 3-star restaurant.

The Michelin Guide has given Rutz in Mitte the highest possible rating in this year’s German edition of the restaurant guide.

The city now has a total of 24 restaurants with at least one star.

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