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Covid-related staff absences in Berlin hospitals


The high Coronavirus infection rates are currently causing high sickness rates and staff absences in Berlin hospitals . However, patient care is still assured.

The number of employees who have to go into isolation is increasing, but the maintenance of hospital operations is guaranteed, a spokesman for the Charité said on Tuesday (March 22, 2022). On the one hand, employees themselves have contracted Covid-19. On the other hand, employees have to stay home to care for their children - because of quarantine requirements or because the high level of sickness in schools and daycare centers no longer guaranteed care, the spokesman for the Sana Hospital Lichtenberg, André Puchta, reported.

Care for patients continues to be guaranteed

"However, the situation is not comparable to the peak of the pandemic in the winter of 2020/21," Vivantes spokesman Christoph Lang emphasized. It is possible that scheduled operations will have to be postponed, he said. However, life-threatening illnesses, urgent procedures such as tumor operations, and emergencies would continue to be treated without restriction in principle. The number of employees who have to go into isolation is increasing. The Sana spokesman also emphasized that outages could largely be compensated for and that patient care would be guaranteed.

Author: dpa/
Further information: Coronavirus information
Publication date: 22 March 2022
Last updated: 22 March 2022

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