Austria , Denmark to treat Romanian Covid-19 patients as doctors struggle with surge in cases

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Romania will fly Covid-19 patients to Austria for treatment and Denmark will send two teams of medics to a hospital in Bucharest to help doctors cope with a deadly fourth wave which has overwhelmed the creaky healthcare system.

Austria is the third country to offer Romania to help with a rising number of new infections and death after Hungary and Poland, the acting health minister Cseke Attila announced.

Danish medics will treat patients in intensive care at the Matei Bals Infectious Hospital in Bucharest, he added. They will help add an extra 20 beds in the ICU.

Poland has offered Romania 20 beds for Covid-19 patients. Three patients were transported there on Thursday.

„Any kind of support is important and especially this show of solidarity makes us happy, but we have to show solidarity among ourselves,” he added.

Romania reported more than 16,000 new cases on Thursday and 448 deaths in the past 24 hours, one of the highest single-day figures ever.

Separately, Austria has sent medicine for seriously ill Covid patients. Serbia, which is not an EU member has promised oxygen concentrators and monoclonal antibodies.

France and neighboring Moldova have also promised help. Moldovan medics are already treating Covid-19 patients in northeast Romania.

„The European community has mobilized and this makes us happy. Of course Romania also offered help to other countries when they needed help.”

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