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As the number of new corona infections increases, so do the intensive cases. German intensive care doctors sound the alarm and receive support from virologist Christian Drosten.

Berlin (dpa) – Experts are ringing the alarm due to the sharp increase in the burden on intensive care units in Germany in the corona pandemic.

“Dear decision-makers, how high do the numbers have to rise before you want to respond ???”, the Scientific Director of the Divi Intensive Care Register, Christian Karagiannidis, wrote on Twitter. Cities like Bonn, Bremen and Cologne would hardly have free beds for the next heart attack, road accident or Covid 19 patients. Charité virologist Christian Drosten forwarded the intensive care physician’s text on Twitter with the comment “This is an emergency call” to his more than 700,000 followers.

The number of intensive care patients with Covid-19 has risen significantly again nationally since mid-March. There are currently more than 4,400 of them, up from 5,800 at the beginning of the year. “If this continues, unfortunately we will soon have more than 5000 Covid-19 patients,” said former Divi chairman Uwe Janssens on the RTL / ntv broadcasters on Wednesday.

In some 5,000 to 6,000 intensive care patients, some hospitals may need to switch back to emergency surgery. The Charité University Hospital in Berlin has already announced that it will reduce the number of planned interventions from next week.

The main bottleneck in the supply is the availability of nursing staff. The German Interdisciplinary Association for Intensive Care and Emergency Medicine (Divi), which publishes the occupancy figures daily, has been warning for weeks about the consequences of the high number of corona infections and recently called for a hard lockdown.

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