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Europe Runs Low on ICU Beds

Intensive care space is decreasing across Europe as beds are filled with coronavirus patients.

Intensive care space is decreasing across Europe as beds are filled with coronavirus patients.

In the past two weeks alone the number of coronavirus patients that were being treated in ICUs in Germany has almost tripled, from 943 to 2,546. 

Dr.Uwe Janssens, who heads Germany’s Interdisciplinary Association for Intensive Care and Emergency Medicine, acknowledged that the situation in Germany is far better than Belgium, the Netherlands, Britain and France. 

Janssens added that Germany has approximately 34.5 ICU beds per 100,000 occupants, not including the emergency reserve. Meanwhile, Italy has 10, while France has 16.

Meanwhile, Belgium was considered one of the worst-hit nations in Europe when it came to coronavirus cases, however the country has seen increasing indications of a turning point in the crisis after a partial lockdown. 

There were initially anxious that the 2,000-bed ICU capacity would reach maximum capacity last week, but Steven Van Gucht, a virologist with the Sciensano government health group, said that the pace was finally slowing down there as well.

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