The following translations (all done in a mammoth effort, in record time, by MissPiggy) concern an exposé published by the German tabloid Bild showing that the government was aware that intensive care units in hospitals were overwhelmingly inhabited by migrants, did nothing to address the issue, and covered up the news about it.
The report has caused shockwaves to spread through the alternative media in Germany. (I haven’t heard of any other MSM outlets following Bild’s lead on it.)
First, a summary of what happened from Politically Incorrect:
Are the Coercive Corona Measures “Thanks” to the Failed Integration Policy?
The COVID Taboo: 90% of ventilator patients have a migration background
[Photo caption: It is mainly migrants who are in intensive care units during the corona crisis]
by the Analyst
THE BILD newspaper is unrecognisable. For quite some time now, the flagship of the mainstream press has been doing exactly what its job is supposed to be: exposing grievances and criticising the accompanying government actions. A brand-new article, which is unfortunately only accessible behind a paywall, proves that THE BILD newspaper dares to touch the very hot poker concerning facts that are taboo in our country.
In the article the reader learns about a conversation that the head of the Robert Koch Institute, Professor Lothar Wieler, recently had with a group of chief physicians. The subject: MD Thomas Voshaar, the chief physician of the lung clinic in the Bethanien hospital in Moers, arranged an internal evaluation of the months between November and December 2020, as well as the beginning of January 2021. This showed that more than 90 percent of the intubated, critically ill Corona patients in the intensive care units had a migration background. Internally, it was agreed to refer to these patients as “patients with a communication barrier”.
The head of the RKI already knew about it
Prof. Wieler was already aware of this problem beforehand. He commented:
“I heard the same thing, but it’s a taboo. I have tried to approach certain people. We have to reach out to this religious group through imams. The whole thing has huge implications for Berlin. It’s a real problem.”
“Oh God, Oh God, Oh God.”
So obviously it is mainly Muslims who cannot be reached because of the “communication barrier”. The head of the RKI calls a spade a spade and the BILD prints it. Respect.
Moreover, Wieler speaks of parallel societies in the middle of our country, four million people who cannot be reached. The RKI boss literally says: “And that’s crap.” Although this group makes up only 4.8% of the population, it represents 50% of the patients in intensive care units.
MD Thomas Voshaar informed Federal Minister of Health Jens Spahn about the facts. Voshaar to BILD:
“Everyone I’ve spoken to, up to and including Mr. Spahn, has said “Oh God, oh God, oh God.”
However, as the BILD has learned from a government spokesman, Spahn did not find it necessary to pass on this information to the Chancellor’s Office. Consequently, it was never an issue at the chancellor’s Corona summits with the governors of the states. “O God, oh God, oh God”, is also the answer concerning the politics during this pressing crisis.
Lockdown due to “patients with communication barriers”?
Keep in mind that the compulsory Corona measures are imposed ostensibly to avoid overcrowding in intensive care units. So now we learn by mistake that migrants predominantly occupy intensive care units due to COVID, because the government is unable to make it clear to them how they should behave. It is euphemistically called a “communication barrier”.
A better expression would be: “Disastrously failed integration policy,” the results of which — as we now know — significantly lead to the fact that we have been locked up, businesses have gone bankrupt and our senior citizens have died of loneliness in nursing homes.
The second article is a report from Tichys Einblick. See the original articles for screenshots of the tweets referred to (in German):
“Patients With Communication Barrier”
50 percent of Corona ICU patients nationwide have immigrant backgrounds?
by Alexander Wallasch
March 3, 2021
It took almost three weeks for this highly explosive news from a online conference between the head of the Robert Koch Institute and chief physicians to leak out to the public: More than 90 percent of Corona intensive care patients were said to have immigrant backgrounds at one pulmonary hospital, and well over 50 percent nationwide. Strictly speaking, this news took much longer than just three weeks to become public, because the occupancy of the intensive care units, especially the Corona intensive care beds, is known to the hospitals, and they most likely reported it to politicians months ago after the first patients were admitted. From then on, those involved remained silent concerning the high proportion of patient with a migration history.
The round of talks with RKI chief Lothar Wieler included a taboo topic, as THE BILD reported for the first time yesterday evening after 11 pm. This conversation is said to have emerged from an online conference with chief physicians. The extremely high proportion “is perceived as taboo in the federal government.” The question of “why” was also reportedly discussed in the high-level medical roundtable. Apparently, the Federal government is afraid of creating a racism debate. As a result, they also refrained from an intensive information campaign for migrants to stop it. What followed was devastating economic and health consequences for migrants and the population as a whole.
The head of the lung clinic in Moers, Thomas Voshaar, is quoted authoritatively in the initial reporting. A survey he conducted determined that: “This shows very clearly that there is a group that obviously has not been reached at all with regard to Corona warnings. These people are people with a migration background.”
The German chancellor repeatedly addresses an increasingly desperate population with her threatening, pleading, and alarmist warnings in German. So an entire country is being held hostage by a particular group — or, more accurately, by Merkel’s taboo? Voshaar says it plainly and without misinterpretation: “According to my survey, more than 90 percent of the intubated, seriously ill patients always had a migration background. We agreed internally that we would refer to such sick people as ‘patients with communication barriers.’ We don’t seem to be reaching them.”
“Patients with a communication barrier” — could it actually be any more inaccurate, even cynical? However, that isn’t the doctor’s fault. His initiative will be understood as courageous and the direction his career takes from here should be followed in the coming weeks. Apparently these surveys were done in November and December of 2020; however, one must assume that both the RKI chief and the policy makers knew far earlier.
Bild quotes Wieler:
“I heard the same thing. But it’s a taboo. I have tried to approach certain people. We have to approach this religious group through imams. The whole thing has huge implications for Berlin. It’s a real problem. […] There are parallel societies in the midst of our country. If you want to do something there, it will only work with tough social work in the mosques. And we can’t get into that. And that’s crap. This group consists of four million people in Germany. That corresponds to 4.8 percent of the population. However, in the intensive care units, there are well over 50 percent are from this group.”
According to Voshaar, however, Health Minister Jens Spahn is said to have acted surprised and reacted with horror: “Oh God, oh God, oh God,” he is said to have exclaimed. Equally unbelievable, a government spokesman now claims that the chancellor knew nothing of all this. “In response to a question from The Bild, a government spokesman explained that Spahn had not passed on the warnings to the chancellor’s office. At the chancellor’s Corona summits with the heads of the federal states, the findings of the medical experts were never a topic.” Is the government already tinkering here with a legend of Merkel’s ignorance to protect the Union (CDU) from this trouble in the upcoming 2021 federal election campaign?
In November, the health minister told the Frankfurter Allgemeine (FAZ) that the spread of the virus had nothing to do with religion, but that “cultural customs, on the other hand, can facilitate the spread of the virus.” Most certainly at that time he already knew what the numbers were showing.
Does this indicate that a certain minority was largely responsible for the spread of Corona in Germany? It seems that this is what is being admitted, and there’s nothing at all objectionable about that. However, that is only the case if the exceedingly threatening scenario was being taken seriously by the German government and the Robert Koch Institute. If the opposite is true (it is not being taken seriously) and is just alarmism, it is a fundamental right of the population which is being 100% bullied to be informed regardless of their origin.
The FDP politician Alexander Lambsdorff responded on Feb. 11 to a tweet from Erika Steinbach, who had apparently heard about the many Corona intensive care patients with an immigrant background:
There are disgusting tweets, and then even more disgusting tweets and then there are tweets from Erika #Steinbach.
She is part of a rotten marinade of lies that wants to poison our society. #Corona #noAfD
Erik Steinbach wrote:
I have heard credibly from various sources that 50% of Covid patients in hospitals are from the Arab countries. This has not been an issue for the media so far. Would be a delightful task for our so diligent network journalists. But they won’t do it.
The question for Lambsdorff now is: Will he keep his poisonous tweet up? And does it also apply to THE BILD newspaper?
Below are excerpts from the Bild article discussed above. The original German is behind a paywall:
Director of the Robert Koch Institute (RKI) on the high proportion of intensive care patients with a migration background: “It’s a TABOO”
by N. Harbusch
Berlin — The German government has apparently failed to make its Corona strategy understandable to those who speak little or no German.
In intensive care units in Germany, a very large proportion of severe Corona cases appear to be patients with a migration background. This fact is apparently perceived as taboo in the Federal government, according to a conversation between RKI head Prof. Lothar Wieler (60) and chief physicians.
It has emerged that one of the concerns of the medical experts is that there are high infection rates due to language barriers.
Their second concern: No one in the federal government wanted to take up the issue for fear of creating racism debate.
Accordingly, in a online conference held by Wieler with chief physicians on Feb. 14, Thomas Vashaar, head of the Moers Lung Clinic (photo), explained that they had obtained figures from intensive care units across Germany through a telephone survey of fellow chief physicians:
“This shows very clearly that there is a group that obviously has not been reach at all with regard to Corona warnings. These people are people with a migration background.”
Wieler: “There are parallel societies in the midst of our country. If you want to do something there, it will only work with tough social work in the mosques. And we can’t get in there. And that’s crap. This group consists of four million people in Germany. That corresponds to 4.8 percent of the population. However, in the intensive care units, there are well over 50 percent from this group.”
When asked by THE BILD, a government spokesman said Spahn had not passed on the warnings to the Chancellor’s Office. At the Chancellor’s Corona summits with the Governors of the Federal states, the findings of the medical experts were never an issue.
In November, Spahn stated in the FAZ: “There is no connection between the spread of the virus and religious affiliation. Cultural customs, on the other hand, can facilitate the spread of the virus.”
When asked by THE BILD, Prof. Wieler explained, “It was not a public expert discussion, but rather a personal, informal exchange.” The matter is discussed came to “no conclusive findings, only considerations.”
And what do integration politicians say?
NRW State Secretary for Migration Serap Güter (40, CDU) to BILD: “People with a migration history are not more slow-witted, but there are sometimes perhaps language barriers. Today, it is clear to everyone the dangers of Corona, as well as the Corona rules, regardless of origin. Whoever still has not understood, will only be helped through regulatory measures such as fines and not immigrant-specific offers of help.”
Hat tip: JF.