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Current situation in Berlin and Brandenburg: The number of students and teachers suffering from corona is increasing rapidly

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Current situation in Berlin and Brandenburg: The number of students and teachers suffering from corona is increasing rapidly


Current situation in Berlin and Brandenburg – the number of students and teachers suffering from corona is increasing rapidly

Image: dpa/Philipp von Ditfurth The curve is rising steeply: hundreds of teachers and thousands of students in Brandenburg are currently suffering from Corona. The situation in Berlin is even more drastic. Here the first schools had to arrange alternating lessons.

The number of students and teachers infected with the corona virus has increased again in Brandenburg. After a decline in the first week after the Christmas holidays, the number of teachers who tested positive rose from 237 to 331 on Friday, according to the Ministry of Education. There was also an increase in the number of corona infections among schoolchildren, at 3,289. In the past week there were 2,185 cases, over 1,000 fewer infections.

Widespread failures

The number of students in quarantine rose from 4,801 to 7,889, the ministry further reported. There was also an increase in the number of teachers. 485 teachers are currently in quarantine after 340 in the previous week. This means that more than three percent of the teaching staff in the country are currently completely or partially absent due to Corona. In the current school year, there are 923 schools, around 25,000 teachers and around 297,700 students at public and private schools in the state.

Ernst does not assume school closures

The Potsdam Ministry of Education has presented a phased plan for the onset of the omicron wave, according to which restrictions are to be made depending on the specific infection situation. On Friday, however, Education Minister Britta Ernst (SPD) ruled out schools being completely closed. “Fortunately, we have the situation that nationwide school closures and daycare center closures are not permitted by the federal legislature, so we only react selectively,” she said. In February, the tests should even be carried out daily. In this respect, one is well prepared “and we also see that the infections are increasing, but do not lead to serious illnesses,” Ernst continued. One also observes whether the children are hospitalized – and they are “constantly at a very low level,” she said.

The number of infections in Berlin has tripled

The numbers in Berlin have risen even more significantly than in Brandenburg. The number of reported corona infections in Berlin schools has more than tripled. According to information from the education administration on Friday, 6,911 schoolchildren are currently infected with the virus. That is 221 percent more than a week ago. In the case of staff, the number of people who tested positive rose to 774, which corresponds to an increase of 133 percent. The strongest increases in infections among schoolchildren were in absolute numbers in the districts of Neukölln (from 250 to 949), Mitte (from 191 to 757) and Friedrichshain-Kreuzberg (from 226 to 669). According to the statistics, two percent of all schoolchildren in all of Berlin have tested positive.

15 schools are switching to alternating classes

The number of individual learning groups that were closed increased from 23 to 207, as the figures further show. For the first time in weeks, the warning light at individual schools also jumped from “green” to “yellow”. A total of 15 of the 821 general education schools are switching to alternating classes. Ten primary schools, four secondary schools and one special school are affected. Meanwhile, Berlin education politician Katharina Günther-Wünsch (CDU) has spoken out in favor of carrying out more corona tests in schools again. If you want to keep the schools open, you have to identify infections early, said Günther-Wünsch on Friday in the rbb evening show. Therefore, one should test daily in the schools again, as was customary after the Christmas holidays.

Broadcast: Brandenburg Aktuell, 01/14/2022, 7:30 p.m

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