Berlin has long been known and notorious as a corona hotspot. After all, young people had supposedly wild parties here in parks, and tens of thousands of lateral thinkers held their maskless demonstrations in the capital. In comparison, the Brandenburg surrounding Berlin appeared to be comparatively harmless terrain. In the meantime, however, the situation has shifted significantly. Because the situation in Brandenburg has worsened dramatically.
Recorded that on Friday Ministry of Health in Potsdam 1328 new corona cases within 24 hours – that is a new high. The previous one was only from Thursday, when 1217 new infections were reported. Berlin also registered 1473 new infections on Friday. But measured by the number of inhabitants – Berlin 3.7 million, Brandenburg 2.5 million – the situation in the fifth largest German area is more dramatic than in the capital. The number of infections per 100,000 inhabitants within seven days was 255 on Friday in Brandenburg and 199 in Berlin.
Almost a thousand corona patients are currently being treated as inpatients in hospitals in Brandenburg. According to the Ministry of Health, there were 118 more on Friday than the day before. The situation in the south of Brandenburg is particularly critical. In the Elbe-Elster district, the seven-day incidence on Friday was 518, followed by the Oberspreewald-Lausitz (446) and Spree-Neisse (444) districts.
The first patients have to be moved
On Friday, due to the tense situation, the transfer of 51 Covid 19 patients from southern Brandenburg to Berlin began. They came from hospitals in Cottbus, Senftenberg, Finsterwalde and Lübben. Ambulance from the Johanniter, the German Red Cross and the civil protection moved the patients to Covid-19 wards in Berlin. Brandenburg’s Minister of Health Ursula Nonnemacher (Greens) asked the neighboring country for help on Thursday. Berlin Senator for Health Dilek Kalayci (SPD) immediately agreed to accept patients from the heavily burdened hospitals in Brandenburg.
Nonnemacher described the situation as very serious on Thursday in the state parliament’s health committee. Many clinics in the south of Brandenburg are overloaded because of the large number of Covid 19 patients, and some district administrators are about to declare a disaster. That’s why she asked her Berlin colleague for help. “We are facing difficult times,” said Nonnemacher. In the next one to two weeks, a considerable further increase is to be expected, which could bring the hospitals to the capacity limit. Brandenburg therefore proclaims the “clover leaf case”, according to which a country can ask its neighboring countries to admit patients.
In East Germany, Berlin, Brandenburg, Saxony, Saxony-Anhalt and Thuringia are supposed to support each other as a clover leaf region. Since the situation in Saxony is much worse and Thuringia is also more severely affected, the only other option besides Berlin is to switch to Saxony-Anhalt, according to Nonnemacher. According to her, ten Covid 19 patients were brought to hospitals in Saxony-Anhalt on Friday, so that a total of 61 patients were relocated from Brandenburg.
“Mass attack of sick people”
While the south of the country is particularly hard hit, the situation in the state capital Potsdam is also worsening. Mayor Mike Schubert (SPD) proclaimed the major damage event “mass attack of sick people” for Potsdam on Friday. This means that additional bed capacities could be used in the hospitals and the disaster control would be placed under a uniform management, announced the city administration. The “major loss event” is the last stage before the disaster is declared. Although the situation is not as bad as in the south of the country, it has “worsened” in Potsdam in recent days, said Schubert. He didn’t want to wait until things got that far in Potsdam.
Health Minister Nonnemacher, herself a doctor of internal medicine, gave her anger about the AfD parliamentary group in a speech in the state parliament on Thursday. “Please stop this corona denial at last. I can’t take it any longer! ”She shouted to the AfD MPs. You should go to the south of Brandenburg once and talk to district administrators, clinic directors, doctors and nurses there. “Then you would know what is really going on.” The AfD parliamentary group chairman Hans-Christoph Berndt, a dentist, accused her of having no idea Corona to have. He has never worked in an emergency room where patients arrive who cannot breathe. She is tired of listening to his statements that there is supposedly no excess mortality. “You remain a dentist and right-wing extremist,” Nonnemacher called to the AfD parliamentary group leader.