Reuters: Netherlands Sends COVID-19 Patients to Germany Due to Hospital Congestion
Germany due to lack of hospital beds. This is reported by Reuters.
The first patients were sent on Tuesday, November 23, from Rotterdam to the German city of Bochum in North Rhine-Westphalia, which borders the Netherlands. It is noted that the hospital occupancy rate of patients with COVID-19 in the Netherlands has reached its highest level since May and is forecast to continue to grow.
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On Monday, November 22, 470 out of 1050 intensive care beds in the country were used for patients with coronavirus infection, and hospitals are cutting back on routine care, including cancer treatment and heart surgery. German hospitals have offered the Netherlands 20 beds.
The Dutch authorities have introduced a new lockdown on November 13 due to the worsening situation with the coronavirus. It will run until December 4th. On December 3, a government meeting will be held, at which a decision will be made whether to extend the lockdown.
The country has reintroduced a social distance of 1.5 meters. The population is recommended to go to a remote location if possible. Sports competitions, including football matches, are held without spectators. Catering establishments, as well as shops with essential goods, will close at 20:00. The rest of the outlets will close at 18:00.