Partying outdoors again in Berlin
16 July 2022 | 2:39 pm
Berlin's Fête de la Musique took place this time without coronavirus restrictions for the first time in two years. The outdoor concerts are free for all. But while many are celebrating the end of the pandemic, infection numbers are rising again.
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