A third patient died in Berlin as a result of an infection with the coronavirus. The Tagesspiegel found out on Tuesday evening, the health administration under Senator Dilek Kalayci (SPD) then confirmed the case in their daily press release on the pandemic situation.
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The patient concerned was a 42-year-old man who was treated in a Lichtenberg hospital. According to Tagesspiegel information, the person affected had previous illnesses – his lungs should have been massively impaired . For reasons of data protection, no further details were available.
The coronavirus is particularly dangerous for seniors and people with previous illnesses. However, virologists had always pointed out that serious suffering can also occur in younger people.
On Monday it was announced that a 70-year-old Berliner had died after a corona infection. A 95-year-old Berliner had succumbed to the consequences of the infection last week. The virus can cause severe lung disease Covid-19.
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1425 confirmed coronavirus cases, most of them male
In Berlin there are currently 1425 confirmed cases of the new corona virus. According to the Senate administration, the contact persons are identified, contacted and isolated. Kalayci’s staff wrote: 791 people are male, 632 are female. The gender was not transmitted for two people.
The Robert Koch Institute had adapted its definitions: Now, as a Covid 19 case, the contact person for a confirmed Covid 19 case will also be counted if they show the typical symptoms.
More than 100 Covid-19 patients in the hospital
Of those infected in Berlin, 112 people are treated in the hospital, including 26 in intensive care. All other victims are isolated at home. The normal capacities for inpatient accommodation are currently sufficient. According to the health administration , Berlin’s clinics have 1045 ventilators on intensive care beds . Around 80 percent of these are occupied on average, which means that 200 places in the intensive care unit are available for the treatment of Covid 19 patients at short notice.
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But because the numbers are increasing significantly, the Senate wants to expand capacities. A separate Covid-19 hospital will play a central role in this, which is due to start in Hall 26 of the exhibition center this week. It is designed for up to 1000 patients. As many places as possible should also be equipped with ventilators.
However, this clinic is not intended for the most serious cases. They should be dealt with in the Charité. The university hospital has a center for the treatment of patients with acute lung failure with 56 treatment places.
Disaster plan divides clinics into three Level on
The plans are in a catalog of measures to “Ensure acute, intensive care in the epidemic case Covid-19 for the Land Berlin ”summarized, which intensive care physicians have submitted to the Senate. It divides the city’s hospitals with intensive care beds into three levels.
As a level 1 center, the Charité should coordinate the entire intensive care of Covid 19 patients. It is said to assign 16 coronavirus cases to 16 clinics in the second stage. Level 3 includes 20 other hospitals with intensive care beds, which are initially reserved for the care of other patients. [Lesen Sie hier mehr über Berlins Plan für den Katastrophenfall.]
Personnel problem: Covid-19 clinic alone needs 800 employees
One of the biggest challenges is staffing of the clinics. The Berliner Krankenhausgesellschaft (BKG), which includes state, private, denominational and non-profit clinics, is therefore looking for experts with a public call : It calls on all Berliners with medical training to contact institutions that match the respective qualification profile.
For shift operation of the new Covid 19 hospital alone Project manager Albrecht Broemme with a Need for 800 employees . To do this, he wants to recruit staff from places where they are not currently on duty, for example from currently closed rehabilitation clinics. In addition, doctors and nurses could be considered, who were previously booked as so-called staff from the established hospitals for large, predictable operations.