Intensive care unit in Thuringia (symbol picture)
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The relocation of the first corona intensive care patients from Thuringia to northern Germany could start on Thursday.
A total of ten patients from the Free State are currently planned for this, said a spokeswoman for the Ministry of the Interior of Saxony-Anhalt, to which the coordination of the Kleeblatt Ost is docked, on Wednesday evening.
The specific point in time is currently being planned and coordinated.
"If necessary, the relocation will start on Thursday," it said.
It would be the first nationwide relocations in the fourth corona wave.
The sick would be relocated to the northern clover, probably to Lower Saxony, the spokeswoman said.
According to a report in the "Hannoversche Allgemeine Zeitung", the Siloah Clinic in Hanover wants to admit three patients.
The clover leaf system was introduced against the backdrop of the first corona wave in 2020.
The idea: In order to avoid excessive demands in individual hospitals, patients should be able to be moved easily within a clover leaf, to which neighboring federal states still belong.
If that is no longer possible, nationwide relocations should be possible.
Together with Bremen, Hamburg, Schleswig-Holstein and Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania, Lower Saxony forms the northern clover leaf.
A spokeswoman for the Thuringian Ministry of Health had named Schleswig-Holstein as the destination in the afternoon.
Around 50 sick people are scheduled for transfer in Bavaria
The ten registered sick are all about Covid cases, said the spokeswoman from Saxony-Anhalt.
Saxony has also already registered a need to relocate around two dozen patients.
Saxony-Anhalt, on the other hand, will not yet transfer any patients nationwide, but cannot currently accept anyone from outside either.
Around 50 sick people could also be transferred from Bavaria in the next few days.
Thuringia, Saxony, Saxony-Anhalt, Brandenburg and Berlin are organized in the Kleeblatt Ost.
Together with Bavaria, which forms the clover leaf south, they activated the clover leaf system on Tuesday.
This enables patient transfers to be carried out nationwide.
The federal government, federal states and experts from the Robert Koch Institute then coordinate which federal state still has capacities, which hospital the patients should ideally go to and which transport options are available.
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