Two TGVs will leave the Austerlitz station this Wednesday, April 1, 2020 to transfer patients with coronavirus to hospitals in Brittany. - Thomas Samson / SIPA
The situation is critical in Paris hospitals. Overwhelmed by the Covid-19 epidemic, the Ile-de-France region has chosen to transfer several patients with coronavirus from ten establishments to three Breton hospitals. The first train left Austerlitz station shortly after 11 a.m. and made its way to Saint-Brieuc (Côtes d'Armor) where several patients will be taken care of. The TGV will then go to Brest, where other patients will be hospitalized.
A total of 24 patients were on board the train. Eight will be welcomed at the Saint-Brieuc hospital center, ten Brest teaching hospitals and six at the Army training hospital in Brest. A second TGV is expected in Rennes in the early afternoon. Twelve patients will be cared for in the CHU Pontchaillou.
These medical trains are the third and fourth requisitioned to transfer patients. The Pays-de-la-Loire region had already received patients from the Grand-Est, another region severely affected by the epidemic. Another TGV had been chartered to Bordeaux.
The Brittany region is relatively untouched by the coronavirus epidemic for the time being. According to data from the regional health agency, 1,040 cases of Covid-19 were diagnosed on Tuesday evening. A figure which does not reflect reality but only refers to confirmed cases. Forty-nine people died on Tuesday in hospitals in the region. A figure which does not take into account cases outside hospitals as in nursing homes, but which remains very far from the thousand deaths already recorded in the Grand-Est.
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