NATO and EU allies sending Czechia ventilators and medics

As the coronavirus crisis in the Czech Republic deepens the country’s NATO and EU allies are sending aid to see hospitals through the worst of the crisis.

Hungary is sending 150 ventilators, The Netherlands is sending 100 ventilators and more are expected to arrive from Austria and NATO’s central reserves.

Earlier this week EC President Ursula von der Leyen said that the EU would send 30 ventilators from rescEU - the common European reserve of medical equipment.

A team of 28 military doctors from the Texas and Nebraska National Guards is expected to arrive in the country at the end of next week to help handle the crisis, as a growing number of Czech medics have contracted the infection.

Prime Minister Andrej Babiš and Interior Minister Jan Hamáček have both expressed gratitude for the assistance.