BERLIN – Healthcare system could be overrun

The head of Germany’s research agency for infectious diseases warned that the healthcare system could be overrun. Lothar Wieler, president of the Robert Koch Institute, warned in the Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung that the country does not have sufficient capacity in its healthcare system to handle the impending wave of COVID-19 patients.

“We cannot exclude the possibility that in this country we also have more patients than ventilators,” Wieler said while cautioning against the over-optimism regarding the country’s comparatively low COVID-19 mortality rate.

Wieler explained the low rate as being the result of a combination of ambitious levels of testing and the predominantly low-risk populations that were first infected with the virus.

“If more transmissions take place in retirement homes or hospitals, it is to be feared that the proportion [of deaths] will increase,” he said. (Sarah Lawton | EURACTIV.de

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