Czechs seek help abroad to treat their COVID-19 patients

PRAGUE (AP) — The hard-hit Czech Republic has turned to Germany and other European countries with a request to help treat its coronavirus patients. The country’s Interior Minister says neighboring Germany has offered dozens of beds in its hospitals to treat Czech COVID-19 patients. He says 19 of them are immediately ready. He says Switzerland is another country ready to help with 20 beds in its hospitals while offering to take care of the transport of the patients. Talks have been also underway with Poland that could provide around 200 beds. Some hospitals in western Czech Republic near the German border and other parts of the country can’t take anymore patients.