Belgium will Send COVID-19 Patients to Germany

Belgian hospitals can now send coronavirus patients to hospitals in Germany if the doctors deem this as necessary, said Federal Health Minister Frank Vandenbrouke on Thursday.

Belgian hospitals can now send coronavirus patients to hospitals in Germany if the doctors deem this as necessary, said Federal Health Minister Frank Vandenbrouke on Thursday.

“I am very pleased with the spontaneous and very generous attitude of our German colleagues,” Vandenbroucke said. 

He added that they offered to take patients from Belgium if ever they had places that are available.

According to a correspondent of the German ZDF, at least two Belgian patients were already transferred to Germany so far. 

However, it would not be large groups of patients. “These are delicate decisions that should be considered at a patient-by-patient basis,” Vandenbrouke added.

Meanwhile, Belgian hospitals are currently moving into the final phase of their nationwide coronavirus hospital response plan, which will require hospitals to create 500 new intensive care beds and 300 beds for intensive oxygen therapy.

These hospitals will also cancel more non-urgent procedures and consultations in order to prioritize coronavirus patients.


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