German air force transfers Covid patients as hospitals run out of beds

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German Air Force – luftwaffe – Helping move Covid-19 patients from hospitals heavily in the south as the new government warned the pandemic was spiraling out of control and daily cases rising to record levels.

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A military medical evacuation plane was prepared on Friday to transport critically ill patients from worst-hit Bavaria to other hospitals in northern Germany, where intensive care units still have capacity.

Germany’s daily new infections rose to a record-breaking 76,414 on Friday, up from 52,970 new infections per day a week earlier.


Europe’s biggest economy has now passed the dire number of 100,000 Covid-19-related deaths, the government has warned, as the pandemic has become the country’s worst crisis ever and a new virus has been found in South Africa. Expressing concern over the version.

“The situation is dramatic and dire,” Health Minister Jens Spahn said at a news conference in Berlin on Friday. “It is worse than ever in this pandemic. We have to do everything we can to reduce the pressure on the health care system.”

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Spahn, whose time as minister will end when the new government takes office next month, scolded the Germans for failing to reduce contact with others during this fourth wave, saying people were more conscientious and more conscientious at first. were collaborators.

“We have a lot of work to do on that,” he said.

The health minister also said the detection of the new Covid-19 variant raised concerns over the rising number of infections, and that the government would declare South Africa a “virus variant zone” on Friday.

Kovid-19 infection and death rates have increased in Germany’s southern and eastern regions, such as Bavaria and Saxony, where vaccinations are lowest. It has overwhelmed hospital intensive care units and raised fears that doctors may soon have to resort to “triage” methods – focusing resources on patients who have a better chance of survival.

“This is the most serious health crisis Germany has ever faced,” Greens party co-leader and incoming economy minister Robert Hebeck said on a German TV talk show late Thursday. “Time is running out. We are seeing a doubling of the infection rate every 12 days. Hospitals are already full. We have only a few days left.”

Annalena Berbock, co-head of the Greens party and the country’s incoming foreign minister, told the magazine Spiegel That neither a vaccine mandate for the entire population nor a new German lockdown could be ruled out.

While Germany deals with the first waves of the pandemic relatively well compared to other European countries, its complacency in the summer, lack of interest in the pandemic during the election campaign from August to September, and low vaccination rates have created fertile ground. Sharp increase in infections in the last one month.

Germany’s vaccination rate is 67%, one of the lowest in Western Europe.

The German military has played a low-key support role during the pandemic in recent months, along with its duties that include assisting the country’s 400 contact-tracing staff. health Department Health Agency Office. But the latest use of the Luftwaffe is a significant development in a country that – due in part to its history – has traditionally kept the military on a tight leash.

A specially equipped Airbus A310 MedEvac was scheduled to fly half a dozen critical care patients from Bavaria’s Memmingen Airport to Münster-Osnabrück Airport in northwest Germany later on Friday. The Luftwaffe has another specially equipped medical evacuation aircraft which is on standby.


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