France evacuates coronavirus patients on medicalized train

PARIS — France has begun evacuating its citizens infected with the coronavirus from the Alsace epicenter onboard a special medicalized high-speed train.

France’s health minister said the TGV train-cum-hospital is a “first in Europe.”

Around 20 patients are being evacuated from Strasbourg to hospitals in the Pays-de-la-Loire and other regions Thursday morning, thanks to the medical locomotive.

It consists of five cars, each one kitted out with medical material and attended by an anesthesiologist-resuscitator, an intern, a nurse anesthetist, and three nurses.

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The train has been employed to relieve the French region worst hit by the novel coronavirus or SARS-CoV-2 that has already claimed over 1,300 lives in France almost half of whom have died in the Grand Est region’s hospitals.

COVID-19 is caused by SARS-CoV-2, which is related to the bug that causes Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome.

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