SAWT BEIRUT INTERNATIONAL

| 22 September 2021, Wednesday |

Czech Republic asks neighboring countries to take of COVID patients

Prague’s Health Ministry has called Germany, Switzerland and Poland to take of COVID-19 patients from Czech Republic as the situation in its own hospitals has reached a critical point.

The country of 10.7 million has overwhelmed by the inflow of coronavirus patients, and they have to transfer them elsewhere, in some cases taking them hundreds of kilometers away.

“The large number of newly infected patients has intensified pressure on the healthcare system, and the number of patients requiring hospitalization is growing,” the ministry said on Friday.

As of Friday morning, there were 8,153 COVID patients hospitalized, including 1,735 requiring intensive care, Health Ministry data showed.

“In some regions, the hospitals have exhausted their capacity and they are no longer able to provide appropriate care or to accept new patients without help from others,” Health Minister Jan Blatny said.

Across the country, 13 percent of the overall intensive care capacity was available, while in the capital Prague, the free capacity was at 5 percent.

The Czech Republic currently has the highest rate of new infections in the European Union. More than 800 people per 100,000 inhabitants were infected with the coronavirus within the past seven days.

Neighboring Slovakia transferred its first coronavirus patients abroad this week as its hospitals filled with patients.