In Brief: Coronavirus reproduction rate rises to 1.37 in Berlin

The reproduction rate is one of the three factors the Berlin Senate considers when deciding whether to retighten COVID-19 restrictions.


By Sylvia Cunningham and Benjamin Restle

Update Wednesday, May 27 at 1:00 p.m. The Berlin Senate said the reproduction rate fell to .9 by Tuesday evening, meaning on average, one infected person goes on to infect fewer than one other person. The reproduction rate, which is one of three factors the city Senate regularly monitors, becomes cause for concern if it exceeds 1.2 for three days in a row as it did earlier this week.

Berlin Health Senator Dilek Kalayci said Monday the reproduction rate of the coronavirus has risen to 1.37 in Berlin, meaning that one infected person is passing the virus on to more than one other person.

Kalayci said that it’s a “quite high number” and the highest in comparison to other German states.

But there’s no need to worry unless it stays that way, Kalayci added.

The reproduction rate is one of the three factors the Berlin Senate considers when determining whether it needs to retighten COVID-19 restrictions in the city.

The other two factors are the number of new infections per 100,000 people and the availability of intensive care beds. Neither of those factors are currently cause for concern.


The German Federal Statistical Office reports the number of people killed in traffic accidents reached a low that hasn’t been seen in 30 years.

The office reports that 158 people were killed nationwide in road traffic accidents in March, the lowest number since German reunification.

The Federal Statistical Office links the decline in accidents to a drop in traffic volume during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Here in Berlin, there’s been a 10% drop in the number of road traffic accidents in the first quarter of 2020, compared to the same period last year.

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