Germany: Half of intensive care beds nationwide are free - govt spox

W/S Federal press conference (BPK), Berlin
M/S Cameraman
SOT, Hanno Kautz, Federal Ministry of Health spokesperson (German): “The clear goal is to increase the test capacity and that’s possible as it was announced at a press conference yesterday.”
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SOT, Hanno Kautz, Federal Ministry of Health spokesperson (German): “The number of intensive beds, I can say, that half of the intensive care beds are free, over half of the intensive beds are free. I think the exact number is around 43 percent (beds occupied).”
M/S Journalist *CUTAWAY*
SOT, Hanno Kautz, Federal Ministry of Health spokesperson (German): “There are no quality problems with the masks because we have tested them and they are CE certified. I don’t know exactly how many are coming from China but I can say that more than 20 million are ready to be delivered to the [German] states and to the personnel working in hospitals and nursing homes, and to established doctors.”
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SOT, Maria Adebahr, Federal Foreign Office spokesperson (German): “We have been able to bring back, as of today, around 187,000 people to Germany in around 14 days, in cooperation with the airlines in different combinations. There is or there have been return operations in about 45 countries around the world.”
SOT, Maria Adebahr, Federal Foreign Office spokesperson (German): “We offer this return option to German travellers and especially to tourists who can’t travel back using commercial flights. That is naturally the focus with which we have started.” *MULTIPLE SHOTS AT SOURCE*
SOT, Maria Adebahr, Federal Foreign Office spokesperson (German): “We are talking with the airlines even though this is not their responsibility, but our clear goal is to bring all German citizens back and safe to Germany.”
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W/S Press conference ending
SCRIPT
A German Health Ministry spokesperson said that over half of the intensive care beds in the country were currently free, at a government press conference in Berlin on Wednesday.
"Half of the intensive care beds are free. I think the exact number is around 43 percent (occupied)," said Health Ministry spokesperson Hanno Kautz.
Kautz also said that around 20 million protective masks "are ready to be delivered to the (German) states" where they will be distributed to medical personnel.
Federal Foreign Office spokesperson Maria Adebahr said that Berlin had managed to repatriate around "187,000 people to Germany in around 14 days, in cooperation with the airlines."
"We are talking with the airlines even though this is not their responsibility, but our clear goal is to bring all German citizens back and safe to Germany," Adebahr added.
Germany has registered at least 76,544 confirmed cases of Covid-19 with 858 deaths, according to Johns Hopkins University.

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