Covid-19: German team will start treating the first patient on Monday | Covid-19

The German military medical team that wanted to help Portugal fight the Covid-19 pandemic will start treating the first patients on Monday, the mission spokesman told Lusa today.

The German military consisted of 26 health professionals, including six doctors, who brought 40 mobile and ten stationary ventilators, 150 infusion pumps, and as many hospital beds. It arrived in Portugal on Wednesday 3rd February and was staying at the Hospital da Luz in Lisbon.

Speaking to Lusa, the mission spokesman, Lt. Col. Kieron Kleinert, stated that the team “can treat eight patients at the same time, 24 hours a day, seven days a week” and stressed that “it will only treat the sick”. with covid-19.

The official said that over the past few days, German health professionals have “familiarized and learned” the procedures, protocols and guidelines used in Portugal, which differ from those practiced in Germany, in order to “avoid mistakes that could prove fatal could prove “.

Kieron Kleinert said the team “has been very well received and has the necessary support and material” which makes these professionals “aware” and grateful for the way they have been received and treated by the Portuguese authorities .

The mission spokesman also said he was impressed by Lisbon at the time, which looks like a “ghost town with practically empty streets with no people.”

This team of German health professionals will stay in the country for three weeks, with an exchange planned every 21 days until the end of March if necessary.

For Lieutenant Colonel Kieron Kleinert, the possible replacement of this team will “depend on the development of the pandemic situation”, but also on a political decision.

This official also said a press conference was scheduled for Monday afternoon at 3 p.m. at Hospital da Luz.

The plane carrying this German medical team landed in Lisbon at the Figo Maduro military airport in the early afternoon of February 3 and was received by Defense Ministers João Gomes Cravinho and Health Minister Marta Temido, who thanked her for their availability.

On that occasion, the minister stated that the Hospital da Luz (Lisbon) had facilities but no health professionals.

The German aid process for Portugal began on January 25th at the request of Health Minister Marta Temido to German Defense Minister Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer.

The Covid-19 pandemic caused at least 2,299,637 deaths as a result of more than 105 million cases of infection worldwide, according to a report by the French agency AFP.

In Portugal, 13,954 people died from 761,906 confirmed cases of infection, according to the latest bulletin from the Directorate-General for Health.

The disease is transmitted by a new coronavirus that was discovered in Wuhan, a city in central China, in late December 2019.