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COVID-19 Pandemic Exacerbated Healthcare Workforce Challenges

Between March and April 2020, the healthcare industry lost 1.5 million workers, exacerbating healthcare workforce challenges and staffing shortages.

The summer wave of the coronavirus in Germany is already pushing hospitals to the breaking point, and the death toll of 700 per week is 12 times higher than at the same time a year ago. Despite this, the government is preparing for an even greater wave of deaths. The package of measures announced Wednesday by Health Minister Karl Lauterbach (Social Democratic Party, SPD) and Justice Minister Marco Buschmann (Liberal Democratic Party, FDP) is not an infection control law, but an epidemic-spreading law.