15 April 2020 – Increased contact tracing capacity

This item is sourced from COVID-19 Policy Watch co-ordinated by Policy. We are in the process of gathering further information and aligning taxonomies for these items.

Type of Intervention: Testing and tracing
Sectors Involved: Health services
Level of Jurisdiction: National
Lead People/Agency:

Overview: The German Government introduced various measures to trace all chains of infection and interrupt them as quickly as possible.

The government has funded additional human resources in local public health services to reach at least one team of 5 people per 20,000 inhabitants. In particularly affected areas, additional teams from the federal states are to be deployed and the army will support such regions with trained personnel

The Federal Office of Administration will provide online training to staff optimise the reporting of case numbers and to improve the cooperation of the health services with the RKI (the government’s central scientific institution in the field of biomedicine) in contact tracing.

The government has also established a funding programme for technical equipment as well as upgrading and training of local health services by the Federal Ministry of Health.
Full details here: https://www.bundesregierung.de/resource/blob/975226/1744452/b94f2c67926030f9015985da586caed3/2020-04-16-bf-bk-laender-data.pdf?download=1