How should we treat foreigners

Berlin (dpa) - Germany supports its EU partners Italy and France in the treatment of seriously ill corona patients.

Several federal states have already accepted foreign emergency patients who have to be ventilated - at home, the intensive care units in hospitals are completely overloaded in some places due to the pandemic. What is missing: beds with ventilators, material and staff.

Bavaria wants to take in some seriously ill Italians for treatment, Prime Minister Markus Söder (CSU) announced on Tuesday. "We want to send a signal of humanity there too." North Rhine-Westphalia's Prime Minister Armin Laschet (CDU) promised to accept ten patients from particularly suffering northern Italy. "We want to signal: you are not alone."

The two most populous federal states follow examples from Baden-Württemberg, Saxony, Rhineland-Palatinate and Saarland. The first corona emergencies from abroad are already housed in clinics there.

In Baden-Württemberg, four university hospitals in Freiburg, Heidelberg, Mannheim and Ulm agreed to accept patients from France who are urgently dependent on ventilation. The hospitals in the southwest were asked to report vacant ventilation beds. The clinics should not get into trouble themselves, said a government spokesman. "In a crisis, solidarity is required - but within the scope of what is possible."

The Asklepios-Südpfalzklinik in Kandel in Rhineland-Palatinate accepted two patients from Strasbourg in Alsace. The private clinic operator agreed to treat corona patients from other European countries elsewhere as well. Five emergency patients from the Grand Est region in eastern France are treated at the Saarland University Hospital.

According to Social Affairs Minister Petra Köpping (SPD), eight patients from Italy are being treated in Saxony. Foreign Minister Heiko Maas (SPD) tweeted after the admission of two sick people from Bergamo in Leipzig: "Have a good recovery! We're sticking together." French President Emmanuel Macron had previously thanked other countries for their support. "Many thanks to our European neighbors," Macron wrote on Twitter. "European solidarity saves lives."