Germany’s Ministry of Defense announced on the 1st that it would send a 26-person medical team to Portugal to help Portugal cope with the severe coronavirus epidemic.
The German Ministry of Defense issued a statement on the same day saying that the medical team would carry 50 ventilators, 150 improvised beds and other equipment to Lisbon, the capital of Portugal, focusing on supporting a hospital in Lisbon.
It is tentatively expected that the support operation will last for 21 days.
“Portugal is at a very difficult time due to the severity of the pandemic,” German Defense Minister Krunp Kalenbauer said in a statement.
While the pandemic has also posed enormous challenges to the German health care system, “unity is essential in the EU at this moment” and Germany must provide support.
Portugal’s recent number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 has increased rapidly, and intensive care ward beds are in urgent need.
It is reported that Portugal added 9,498 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 on January 31, with a total of 72,516 confirmed cases; 303 new deaths, with a total of 12,482 deaths.