Ludwigsburg (dpa / lsw) - According to an expert, a third corona wave is approaching the hospitals in the southwest.
"From next week we will have to cancel planned interventions again so that we have enough capacity for corona cases," said Götz Geldner, coordinator of intensive care for corona patients in Baden-Württemberg.
It is currently at the level of the peak of the first wave, with the cases being more evenly distributed across the country than in the spring of last year.
The intensive care beds are already 10 to 15 percent occupied with Covid patients, said the medical director of the Ludwigsburg RKH clinics.
"We're not starting from scratch."
At the beginning of the week, Covid patients were transferred to other hospitals in two of six supply areas.
The British variant is currently on the rise.
"The only thing that gets us out of there are the vaccinations," said Geldner.
The intensive care doctor advocated administering the Astrazeneca vaccine, which was suspended due to uncertainty about possible consequential damage, on a voluntary basis.
According to data from the register of the German Interdisciplinary Association for Intensive Care and Emergency Medicine, 261 Covid patients are in intensive care in Baden-Württemberg;
140 of these are invasively ventilated.
A total of 2,109 intensive care beds out of 2,440 operable beds (86.4 percent) are currently occupied.
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