The Berlin Senate has pledged further support to the health authorities, which have been heavily burdened by the corona pandemic. “We know that the Berlin health authorities have been under a particular burden for a long time,” said the governing mayor Franziska Giffey (SPD) on Friday after a visit to the Neukölln district health department. “The employees do an important job in contact tracing and in the care of those affected.” Giffey and Finance Senator Daniel Wesener (Greens) pointed out that fixed-term contracts for employees in the offices would be extended. This applies even though the state budget is being managed for the time being because the 2022 budget has not yet been decided. Giffey assumes that the health authorities will be relieved by the simplified quarantine rules that have been in effect in Berlin since Friday. “This is done primarily through clear, simple and reliable regulations that can be implemented quickly.” Neukölln currently has the second highest seven-day incidence of all twelve districts for corona infections; to Friedrichshain-Kreuzberg. According to the Robert Koch Institute (RKI), the number of infections per 100,000 inhabitants within seven days is currently almost 1,400. According to the figures from the RKI on Friday morning, the two districts were in 2nd and 3rd place nationwide for the seven-day incidence behind the city of Bremen. Giffey, Wesener and Neukölln’s district mayor Martin Hikel (SPD) got an idea of the situation in the health department and spoke to employees in the so-called case processing and contact tracing. According to the Senate Chancellery, they reported that they not only had to deal with an immense number of cases, but also with many queries from those affected. Her work also requires a lot of research and personal discussions, for which there is little time in the very tense situation.
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