Italy has had it rough in recent times as a result of the outbreak of coronavirus in the country; there have been over 74386 confirmed cases of coronavirus in the country (about twice that of Germany), with over 7503 deaths (compared to Germany’s 198). Italy tops the charts on the number of deaths occurring from coronavirus, and has its healthcare system currently overwhelmed.

It is in the wake of this that Germany has offered to help Italy by taking in at least 47 of Italy’s confirmed coronavirus cases, to be managed by her hospitals which currently have spare capacity.

This was revealed by Germany’s Foreign Minister Heiko Maas, who in a statement simply said, “Because we stand by our Italian friends. We can only manage this together.”

Is this a case of European solidarity or is there something more? Time would tell.


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