Covid-19: Geneva hospital in need of trained volunteers, recently retired staff

Geneva, Switzerland — The Geneva University Hospital system (HUG) says the current hospitalization curve in the canton following a surge of Covid-19 infections, is reaching “worrisome” levels.

HUG Deputy Director Alain Kolly explained to local TV channel Léman Bleu that hospital teams are “now at the end of their rope”, yet, the city has not reached the peak of the second wave.

Recently retired nursing staff are therefore “called upon to come and support the various units”, said Kolly.

According to the spokesperson, the number of coronavirus patients is expected to be “far higher” than at the peak of the pandemic’s first wave in March.

“It is highly likely that the peak of the 550 hospitalized Covid-positive patients that we recorded during the first wave will be greatly exceeded in the coming days,” said HUG Director General, Bertrand Levrat.

The number of hospitalizations has reached 296, almost three times more than 10 days ago.

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Photo, HUG

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