All 16 German federal states have now admitted intensive care patients from other EU countries or at least offered treatment.
A survey by German weekly Welt am Sonntag shows that almost all 16 federal states now care for intensive care patients from other EU countries. The number rose significantly, especially from the Netherlands.
All federal states have now admitted Covid-19 patients or at least offered intensive care beds and in some cases provided medical equipment or medical expertise.
North Rhine-Westphalia, Baden-Württemberg and Saarland currently care for most Covid-19 patients from other EU countries. According to the Stuttgart state government, 28 patients from France and two from Italy are treated there. There are 23 French patients in Saarland. According to the North Rhine-Westphalian state government, ten patients from Italy, eight from France and 39 patients from the Netherlands have been treated clinically.
While the demand from Italy for available intensive care beds in Germany are in decline, the number of inquiries from the Netherlands has recently increased significantly. The state government in Lower Saxony is “in close contact with the government of the Netherlands in order to be able to provide administrative assistance in some difficult cases if the local health system gets into a situation of temporary overload”.
According to Johns Hopkins University 25 587 people in the Netherlands have so far tested positive, the number of those who died was much higher than in Germany, at 2 700. Experts attribute the higher mortality rate to the significantly lower number of intensive care capacities in the clinics in the neighboring country compared to Germany.
According to feedback from the federal states, the number has now increased to 40 patients within a week.
But the number of Germany’s Covid-19 cases grew by 2 537 over the past 24 hours to climb to 123 016, according to the Robert Koch Institute. The death toll also increased by 126 to 2 799.