In Brief: COVID-19 outbreaks in two districts contribute to rise of cases in Berlin

One outbreak is in Neukölln and another is in an apartment building in Friedrichshain-Kreuzberg near Ostbahnhof.

Photo by Ibrahim Boran on Unsplash

 

By Soraya Sarhaddi Nelson, Kate Brady and Monika Müller-Kroll

Updated on Thursday, June 25 at 10:30 a.m.

Berlin health officials reported 776 active cases of COVID-19 here yesterday evening, a significant increase in comparison to previous weeks.

Two outbreaks are contributing to the rise. One is in Neukölln and another is in an apartment building in Friedrichshain-Kreuzberg near Ostbahnhof. Some 200 people are in lockdown there with at least 45 people testing positive for the coronavirus.

In an interview with public broadcaster rbb yesterday, Health Senator Dilek Kalayci blamed close quarters for the spread of the virus. She criticized landlords “who let a lot of people live in an apartment so that they can earn money.”

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The sun’s out in Germany, and many people are already heading to the coast and the lakes for that vacation feeling.

But according to a poll by the INSA institute for German tabloid Bild, half the country is worried that a second wave of the coronavirus will hit during the summer break.

Germany’s top virologist Christian Drosten told regional broadcaster NDR that he, too, thinks “[Germany] will have a problem in two months if we’re not already ringing the alarm bells now,” in light of isolated outbreaks.

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Berlin’s traffic information center is predicting traffic jams as school holidays start here and in Brandenburg today.

Traffic experts predict routes to the German coasts and the Alpine region will be affected most as a majority of holidaymakers are expected to vacation within Germany this summer.

They also warn of possible delays at European border crossings for drivers leaving and entering Germany.

But there is good news for those planning to travel by plane. The German Travel Association says more flight options will be available in the weeks to come.

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