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Germany announces capacity to take Covid patients from abroad as cases soar across Europe

Added 10-22-20 08:37:02am EST - “Germany's public health institute has revealed that it has the capacity to provide treatment for coronavirus patients from other countries, as Berlin issued travel warnings in respect of four European nations.” - Rt.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Rt.com: “Germany announces capacity to take Covid patients from abroad as cases soar across Europe”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

Despite recording a sharp increase in new coronavirus infections, Germany's Robert Koch Institute (RKI) announced that the country has the capacity to take Covid-19 patients from other countries.

Germany, like much of Europe, is currently seeing a sharp rise in infections, with 11,287 new cases in the last 24 hours, a single-day record for the country.

However, it has highlighted the steps it's taking to ensure that it's prepared to cope with the rising number of cases compared to other countries across the continent. During the first wave, intensive care units in Germany did not get overburdened at any point and were "well under capacity even during the peak," according to the Lancet's analysis of Covid responses in Asia Pacific and Europe.

The country is confident that it will be able to keep the virus under control with a spare capacity of 400,000 tests per week at the moment and 75 percent of test results being given within one day, allowing them to have an "intensive" test-and-trace system that was "critical" to their success, according to the British Medical Journal, known as the BMJ.

During the announcement, the RKI issued travel warnings for most of Austria, Ireland, Poland and Switzerland, advising against all but essential travel, as the four countries have seen sharp rises in the total number of cases over the last few days.

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