Luxembourg's Ministry of Health and the Luxembourg Hospital Federation (Fédération des Hôpitaux Luxembourgeois - FHL) have announced the launch of phase 3 in hospitals amid rising COVID-19 cases.

In light of the increase in the number of COVID-19 patients being treated in normal and intensive care units in Luxembourg's hospitals, the national crisis unit has decided to trigger phase 3 of the hospital ramp up plan

Phase 3 corresponds to a significant occupancy rate of intensive care and resuscitation beds by COVID-19 patients and involves rescheduling certain surgical interventions.

According to the authorities, the Grand Duchy's four hospitals (Centre Hospitalier de Luxembourg - CHL, Centre Hospitalier Emile Mayrisch - CHEM, Centre Hospitalier du Nord - CHdN and Hôpitaux Robert Schuman - HRS) will try to optimise their planning of non-urgent surgical interventions as much as possible but some may have to be cancelled or rescheduled if there is no direct impact on the patient's health.

The prioritisation of patients to be treated is managed by mutual agreement by the doctors and surgeons of each establishment depending on the operative indications. All urgent and important interventions will be maintained.