Germany steps in to help Italy by taking in 47 coronavirus patients

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In Italy, the situation is beyond control. The outbreak is making more deaths than in any other country.

On Thursday 26th March, Foreign Minister Heiko Maas declared that German hospitals available to provide health care will take in at least 47 coronavirus patients from Italy in a sign of European solidarity.

 “Because we stand by our Italian friends. We can only manage this together,” Maas said in a short statement.

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Thus, a first group comprising of six Italian patients arrived at Leipzig airport in the eastern state of Saxony on Tuesday. In the coming days, 10 Italian patients will also be transferred to the western state of North Rhine-Westphalia.

German Health Minister Jens Spahn stated on Thursday that the country was still in “the calm before the storm”, adding authorities were using the time they had won with extensive testing to prepare for a wave of cases expected in the coming weeks.

On Friday 27th March, the total coronavirus cases in Germany reached 47,373 and 285 deaths reported.

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