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Two empty intensive care beds are located in an additional area of the intensive care unit at Leipzig University Hospital in Germany on November 15.
Two empty intensive care beds are located in an additional area of the intensive care unit at Leipzig University Hospital in Germany on November 15. (Jan Woitas/picture-alliance/dpa/AP)

Intensive care patients in Germany’s Covid-19 hotspot could soon be forced to compete for beds as cases hit record levels, health officials warned Monday.

Hospitals in the eastern state of Saxony are in a “triage situation,” Erik Bodendieck, President of the Saxonian State Medical Chamber, told public radio broadcaster Deutschlandfunk (DLF).

Bodendieck said a situation could arise in the coming days where two intensive care patients compete for one bed. The patient with the better survival chances would then get that bed, Bodendieck said. 

Saxony on Monday introduced tougher measures to combat surging coronavirus cases in the state. They include a curfew from 10 p.m until 6 a.m for districts with a seven-day incidence rate of more than 1,000 per 100,000 inhabitants.  

Saxony’s seven-day incidence rate stands at just over 862 per 100,000 inhabitants, state authorities reported Sunday.

Within Saxony, the district of Sächsische Schweiz-Osterzgebirge has one of the highest seven-day incidence rates in the entire country, at just over 1,612 per 100,000 inhabitants, according to the national agency for disease control and prevention.

Saxony also has the lowest vaccination rate of all states, at 59.9%, according to the German Ministry of Health. That’s compared to a national vaccination rate of 68%.

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