Photo: Getty ImagesNew Zealand has been able to procure a "large number" of ventilators from international suppliers, even as global demand for the life-saving machines is soaring. Health Minister David Clark told Morning Report he expected the ventilators to be on stream within the next month. It is a relatively low number per capita - with only 4.7 intensive care beds per 100,000 people compared to 35 per 100,000 in the United States and 29 in Germany. The ventilator deal capped real gains in Covid-19 intensive care planning nationwide, he said. That included District Health Boards (DHBs) training staff to run the ventilators and making space to accommodate the new machines.
Source: Otago Daily Times March 31, 2020 19:52 UTC