Relief in Germany: Nearly as quickly as China, Germany will set up a special hospital for the treatment of the coronavirus- if planners, endangered species and residents play along.
China is leading the way: Within just one and a half week, a hospital with over a thousand beds for the treatment of coronavirus patients is being built in the metropolis of Wuhan. Now that the first cases of lung disease have occurred in Germany, the question is of course: Would such a spontaneous construction measure to protect against an epidemic also be conceivable in this country?
“But of course!”, Federal Minister of Construction Horst Seehofer explained at the groundbreaking ceremony for the Corona special clinic at any place in Germany. Neither the citizens nor the federal government were particularly prone to hysteria or rash acts, such as the nuclear phase-out or the current debate on climate change, says Seehofer. Nevertheless, it is high time to break ground for a medical facility to combat the rapidly spreading virus.
“We have to be prepared,” said Seehofer on the side of Health Minister Jens Spahn, who had already increased the federal medical emergency reserve with homeopathic remedies, “we are dealing with an overwhelming opponent: the German building regulations! “
When the planners, who were traditionally completely overwhelmed with such important projects, finally saw through and had broken the budget four to five times, there would really be nothing standing in the way of a timely opening of the special clinic, said the Minister of Construction confidently. “Except for the usual, of course.”
Criticism of corona virus is growing louder
And this has already happened as if on a cue. Just in time for the coronavirus to become known, a local residents’ initiative called against the noise-coughing at night and constant blue lights on the barricades and demanded an immediate relocation of the disease. At the same time, news circulated that various endangered species such as the bluish ranculet or the Eurasian burbot have their habitat in the building area intended for the clinic.
“I hope the virus will then take a little longer before we find out why the architect from the renowned office Overpriced & Pavonine predicted luggage belts and a non-functioning fire protection system in the operating room,” says Seehofer. Because also he knows how ambitious the plans are: The special clinic should be completed just as quickly as the new capital airport, which had its foundation stone laid just 14 years ago.