On Monday 21 December, a coronavirus patient from Haarlem was taken by helicopter to a hospital in Dortmund. This is first infected patient in two months that has been transported to Germany.
The last time patients were admitted to German hospitals during the pandemic was in late October. It is now happening again because of the increased numbers of people in Dutch hospitals who are infected with coronavirus. It is yet unclear whether more patients will follow this week.
The patient was taken by helicopter from the intensive care unit (ICU) in Haarlem to the intensive care unit in Dortmund. An ICU patient from Almelo also had to be transferred to Germany, says a spokesperson of the National Coordination Center for Patient Distribution (LCPS). “Relocation within the Netherlands is always our preference, but due to illness or fatigue of staff and Christmas, this is now difficult. We are looking at whether we can use more beds here but the demand differs from day to day,” said the spokesman.
This is an ongoing situation and it is advisable to check the websites of the relevant authorities to obtain the most up-to-date information.
To keep updated with advice from the government and the RIVM, head to:
- Dutch government resigns: what are the consequences for the corona crisis? - January 15, 2021
- Let’s talk about hometowns: Fortaleza, Brazil - January 10, 2021
- A coronavirus patient from Haarlem taken by helicopter to German hospital - December 21, 2020