German Hospitals Suspend Any Planned Admissions
November 20th, 2021
All clinics in Berlin are postponing planned operations due to an increase in the number of patients with COVID-19, the newspaper Der Tagesspiegel reported, quoted by Nova TV. Charite Clinic and Vivantes Hospital were the first to announce a postponement of planned operations in the coming weeks. On Sunday, they were followed by other hospitals.
“All hospitals are postponing planned treatment, and Berlin hospitals are operating entirely in crisis,” Mark Schreiner, head of the Berlin Hospitals Association, told the paper. “It is now clear that the number of patients in intensive care units will increase dramatically in the coming days and weeks,” he said.
About 600 people infected with the coronavirus are currently being treated in clinics in Berlin, 176 of them in the intensive care unit.
The number of confirmed new cases of coronavirus in Germany has increased by 42,727 in the last 24 hours, the Robert Koch Institute of Virology said on Sunday. During the weekend, however, the numbers are usually lower, as not all regions submit information in a single database.
Since the beginning of the pandemic, the infection has been detected in 5,354,942 people in Germany. A total of 4,626,300 people have recovered. An average of 75 patients die within 24 hours of the effects of the coronavirus. The total number of deaths during the entire pandemic was 99,062. The seven-day incidence of coronavirus in Germany (number of cases per 100,000 people) is now at a record high – 372.7.