France has turned a high-speed train into an intensive care unit to evacuate those infected with the coronavirus from overwhelmed hospitals in the outbreak’s epicenter. The TGV train began transporting about 20 COVID-19 patients from Strasbourg, the capital city of the hard-hit Grand Est region, to less-strained hospitals in the Pays-de-la-Loire and other regions. The government is calling the innovation a “first in Europe.”
A patient is transferred in a high-speed train turned into an intensive care unit in Strasbourg on Thursday. The train car, converted to a medical operations center, has stretchers attached to seats, the Telegraph reported. Also the ambulances are well equipped with ventilators.