Coronavirus: Austria, Germany to take Portugal COVID-19 patients

Published: Updated:
Enable Read mode
100% Font Size

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

Read more: ‘Abrahamic’ conference in Dubai aims to further UAE-Israel business dialogue

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.

A retired doctor who volunteered to work at the new Duesseldorf Airport Corona Test Centre holds a test stick before a voluntary coronavirus disease (COVID-19) test at the new Duesseldorf Airport Corona Test Centre in Duesseldorf, Germany, July 27, 2020. (Reuters)
A retired doctor who volunteered to work at the new Duesseldorf Airport Corona Test Centre holds a test stick before a voluntary coronavirus disease (COVID-19) test at the new Duesseldorf Airport Corona Test Centre in Duesseldorf, Germany, July 27, 2020. (Reuters)

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.

Read more:

Explainer: COVID-19 vaccines shortages; which countries are struggling with supplies?

UAE to grant citizenship to investors, professionals in bid to attract talent

Conflicting reports on reason for sirens in Tehran as Turkish flight diverted to Baku

Top Content Trending