By Soraya Sarhaddi Nelson, Benjamin Restle and Monika Müller-Kroll
Updated on June 3, 2020 at 14:00 p.m.
The reproduction rate for the coronavirus in Berlin is rising and as of Tuesday, was 1.95, meaning that one infected person is passing the virus on to nearly two other people.
The rate is one of three factors the Berlin Senate considers when determining whether it needs to retighten COVID-19 restrictions in the city.
At the moment, there’s no plan to do so, officials say, given the low number of new infections per 100,000 people and availability of intensive care beds.
A record 7.3 million people were furloughed last month in Germany as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.
German companies used government subsidies to compensate for the lost wages.
Manufacturing and trade are among the sectors worst affected, with some 30% of the workforce furloughed, according to the Munich-based, IFO Institute for Economic Research.
The institute said that unlike the 2009 financial crisis, when 80% of the 1.5 million furloughs were industry jobs, the pandemic is affecting all sectors.
A recent coronavirus outbreak in the city of Göttingen in Lower Saxony has led officials to close all schools through June 7.
At least 80 people tested positive for COVID-19 over the holiday weekend after they attended several family parties.
According to news reports, a common link may have been a shisha bar, where several men who were at the parties went.
Göttingen officials have so far tracked more than 200 people who were in close contact with the infected individuals, among them at least 57 children.
Once school resumes, students will be required to cover their noses and mouths, except in the classroom, for a two-week period.
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