The intensive care unit at a German hospital treats more than 200 corona virus patients from neighboring European Union countries, said the German health minister.
Jens Spahn said on Monday there was “a willingness and capacity to receive more [patients] if needed. “Spahn said Germany would bear the costs of care.” That is our understanding of European solidarity, “he added.
A spokesman for the German health ministry told BuzzFeed News that the patients were mainly from France, Italy and the Netherlands, with dozens of critically ill people from several regions of Europe most affected by the corona virus which was flown to hospitals in several regions of Germany.
The first group of patients treated at the university hospital in Essen returned to France last week.
Based on the newspaper Süddeutsche Zeitung, the cost of providing care is around 20 million euros (about $ 21.75 million).
Germany has been praised for his response to coronavirus because official statistics show that it has suffered far fewer deaths from the virus than other European countries.
But the act of solidarity by Germany came when the European Union had been criticized for its response to the pandemic, with people in some countries feeling left behind by the bloc’s slow reaction, despite recent increases in measures and apology from European Commission president Ursula von der Leyen.
Support for the European Union has collapsed in Italy, which has suffered more coronavirus deaths than other European countries, many polls have been displayed. A the latest poll shows that 42% of Italian voters want to leave the EU, up from 26% in 2018. Another survey found confidence in the EU among voters has dropped 13 points to 25% since January alone. Nearly six out of 10 voters feel that the EU does not make sense, third poll found, with support for membership declining even among party voters who are usually pro-EU.
In addition to paying to treat coronavirus patients from neighboring European Union countries, Germany has supplied 7.5 tons of equipment, including ventilators and face masks, to Italy, and has also sent a team of doctors and nurses to work in a hospital near Naples.
Germany has expanded intensive care facilities up to 40,000 and ventilation units up to 30,000, one of the highest per capita rates in Europe. Before the crisis, there was 28,000 national intensive care beds, including 20,000 ventilated beds.
Based on data published by the German national health agency based on a list of 30,058 intensive care units, 17,393 (58%) beds are currently occupied and 12,665 beds currently available. Among these, there were 2,889 COVID-19 patients in intensive care this weekend.
Institutional data show that 139,897 people have tested positive for the virus so far in Germany and 4,294 have died.
Meanwhile, European Union leaders are in debate over which financial measures must be taken to support the bloc’s economic recovery. Southern European countries, including Spain, Portugal and Italy and France, have pushed for joint funds supported by mutual debt and guarantees. But such proposals have so far been opposed by members of the euro area’s north, with the Netherlands most strongly opposed.
Because continents are expected to be hit by the heaviest recession in recent history, both of them German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Emmanuel Macron has warned that the EU faces the biggest challenge since its establishment. The president of France be told Financial Times in an interview last week that the European Union risks breaking down if it fails to embrace financial solidarity.
Jean-Yves Le Drian, French foreign minister, the word on Monday that a pandemic threatened the multilateral world order.
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