Therapy Areas: Oncology
Netherlands transfers COVID-19 patients to Germany as hospitals struggle to handle surge
23 November 2021 -

The Netherlands has started transporting COVID-19 patients across the border to Germany to ease pressure on Dutch hospitals struggling to deal with a surge in COVID-19 cases, Reuters news agency reported on Tuesday.

German hospitals in total have offered 20 beds for patients from the Netherlands.

Reportedly, the number of COVID-19 patients in Dutch hospitals has swelled to its highest level since May 2021 in recent weeks and is expected to increase further as infections jump to record levels.

As of Monday, 470 of a total 1,050 intensive care beds in the Netherlands were being used for COVID-19 patients and hospitals are reportedly already scaling back regular care, including cancer treatments and heart operations, to secure enough room for COVID-19 cases.

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