Coronavirus in NL: Hotels become hospitals, hunt is on for respirators

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The Fletcher and Van der Valk hotel chains have begun converting some of their hotels into emergency hospitals for patients who are too ill to remain at home but who do not need emergency care.

The first ‘corona hotel’ unit will open at the Van der Valk hotel in Urmond in Limburg and Fletcher hotel group boss Rob Hermans said ‘hundreds’ of locations can be made suitable for patients within 24 hours.

The Acibadem private hospital in Amsterdam has also said it is making its doctors, other staff, equipment, operating theatres and patient beds available to the city’s OLVG hospital group.

In addition, the hospital’s supply of face masks and protective clothing is also being transferred to the OLVG.

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