The German Air Force will move intensive care patients as Covid cases increase

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BERLIN: The German Air Force will begin assisting with the transfer of intensive care patients on Friday as the country sees a new record number of coronavirus daily cases.
The German news agency dpa reported that a Luftwaffe The A310 medevac plane will fly seriously ill patients from the southern city Memmingen to the state of North Rhine-Westphalia on Friday afternoon.
Hospitals in the southern and eastern parts of Germany have warned that they are running out of intensive care beds due to the large number of seriously ill Covid-19 patients.
The country’s disease control authority said 76,414 recently confirmed cases were reported in the last 24 hours. The Robert Koch Institute, a government agency, said Germany also had 357 new deaths from Covid-19, bringing the total number since the start of the outbreak to 100,476.
Also Friday, German Minister of Health Jens Spahn said airlines coming from South Africa will only be able to transport German citizens, and travelers will need to be quarantined for 14 days whether they are vaccinated or not.
Spahn said the move was a response to a newly discovered variant.
“The last thing we need is to bring in a new variant that will cause even more problems,” he said.


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