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Austria, Germany to take Portugal COVID patients

Austria and Germany say they will provide medical assistance to Portugal as the country struggles with a surge in coronavirus cases.

Published: 31st January 2021 06:37 PM  |   Last Updated: 31st January 2021 06:37 PM   |  A+A-

An hospital medic talks to an ambulance driver waiting in line to hand over their COVID-19 patients to medics at the Santa Maria hospital in Lisbon.

An hospital medic talks to an ambulance driver waiting in line to hand over their COVID-19 patients to medics at the Santa Maria hospital in Lisbon. (Photo | AP)

By Associated Press

BERLIN: Austria and Germany say they will provide medical assistance to Portugal as the country struggles with a surge in coronavirus cases.

Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz said Sunday that the Alpine nation will receive intensive care patients from Portugal, without specifying a number.

Kurz said in a tweet that "swift, unbureaucratic help" was required to save lives, adding that Austria has previously taken in patients from France, Italy and Montenegro.

Meanwhile, the German military plans to send medical aid and doctors to Portugal in the coming days.

Defense Ministry spokesman Christoph Czwielung said the military "will provide personnel and material support" though details on the extent and timing were still being finalized.

Portugal has one of the world's worst coronavirus outbreaks relative to its population.



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