In Brief: New COVID-19 hotspot emerges in Berlin’s Alexanderplatz

At least 10 customers of restaurant Mio Berlin have tested positive for the coronavirus.

Photo by Crawford Jolly on Unsplash

 

By Monika Müller-Kroll and Soraya Sarhaddi Nelson 

German news reports say a new Berlin task force targeting money launderers has found 11 notaries involved in suspicious transfers of real estate and company shares. 

Twenty-five notaries were investigated by the task force in all. The suspicious cases were forwarded to Germany’s Financial Intelligence Unit for further review.

The purchase of property must be certified by notaries and they are encouraged to question suspicious transactions. But Berlin Justice Senator Dirk Behrendt says this doesn’t happen often enough.

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A new COVID-19 hotspot has emerged at a Berlin restaurant next to the iconic television tower at Alexanderplatz.  

District Mayor Stephan von Dassel told the daily Der Tagesspiegel that at least 10 customers of MIO Berlin tested positive for the coronavirus.

Officials are asking other patrons who were in the restaurant on the night of July 10 to come forward, as employees did not properly record customers’ contact details.

The restaurant which seats 1,200, was likely filled to capacity that night, which also is against pandemic rules.

Dassel described it as “more of a party than a restaurant.”

The district mayor has previously faced his own criticism for flouting COVID-19 health concerns over his decision to expose himself to the virus by staying home with his partner after she became ill in April.

Check here for up-to-date information regarding the management of COVID-19 in Berlin.

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For years, Ritter Sport has been the only manufacturer allowed to produce square chocolate bars in Germany and the country’s top court ruled yesterday the company can continue its monopoly.

The final ruling by the Federal Constitutional Court was in response to attempts by competitor Milka to overturn Ritter’s trademark protection for the shape of its bar.

The judges wrote that Ritter Sport’s square shape did not add extra value to the product and therefore didn’t influence customers to choose its chocolate over others.

Company lore claims its co-founder came up with the square shape for the chocolate bar so it could better fit into a sport jacket pocket.

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