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Germans offer Belgium ICU beds

The German state of North Rhine Westphalia is setting aside twenty hospital intensive care beds for Belgian Covid patients.

Dr Hugo Van Aken, a Flemish doctor and medical director of Münster University Hospital, says that doesn’t mean the Germans expect a flood of Belgian patients.  “The situation in Germany too is tight, but in contrast with Belgium and the Netherlands I believe we are in a better position.  If the twenty beds are filled, further talks will be needed”.

Germany boasts 34 ICU beds per 100,000 head of population and is a European leader.  Belgium has 17.5 ICU beds per 100,000 head of population, which is still better than the Netherlands.

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