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Coronavirus: Patients evacuated using military aircraft and high-speed trains from worst-hit areas of France

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A German military plane landed in Strasbourg on Sunday to take people to Stuttgart and Ulm for treatment, according to Amelie de Montchalin, France’s Europe minister.

Meanwhile, specially-adapted high-speed trains carried 36 patients to the Nouvelle-Acquitaine region in the southwest, where a line of ambulances waited outside Bordeaux station.

The minister for foreign affairs said Switzerland and Luxembourg – as well as Germany – have offered to take in more than 100 patients in intensive care in the Grand Est region.

“More than 80 have already been transferred,” Jean-Yves Le Drian tweeted.

Grand Est was the first French region to be hit by a wave of coronavirus infections, with local officials saying hospitals were crowded by the time the country went into lockdown.

France has already doubled the number of beds in intensive care units from 5,000 to about 10,000 since the start of the crisis and the government has pledged to increase that number to 14,500.

Non-essential operations have been cancelled and medical students drafted in to deal with a staffing shortage as the country battles the coronavirus pandemic.

More than 40,000 people have been infected with Covid-19 in France, whose death toll from the virus stood at around 2,600 on Monday.

Additional reporting by Reuters

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