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German Clinics Face ‘Dangerous Situation’ Due to Covid Surge

  • ICU lobby chief warns of clinics stretched to breaking point
  • Covid patients to exceed peak during second wave last winter

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Germany urgently needs stricter measures to check a surge in Covid-19 infections and protect hospitals from a “particularly dangerous situation,” according to the head of the country’s DIVI intensive-care medicine lobby.

ICUs have had to find beds for about 1,400 additional coronavirus patients in the past week, DIVI President Gernot Marx said. The total number -- currently at about 4,600 -- will reach 6,000 by Christmas, exceeding the peak during the second wave of the pandemic last winter, he predicted.