Germany sends help to COVID-19 stricken Portugal

An A400M military transport plane carrying 26 doctors, nurses and hygiene experts as well as 40 mobile and 10 stationary ventilators left for Lisbon from Wunstorf air base near Hanover.

The German medical team initially plans to stay for three weeks.

Portugal's ambassador to Germany, Francisco Pimentel de Mello Ribeiro de Menezes thanked the German government and military for their support during "a very difficult moment for us."

Hospitals across Portugal, a nation of a little more than 10 million, appear on the verge of collapse, with ambulances sometimes queuing for hours because of a lack of beds while some health units are struggling to find enough refrigerated space to preserve the bodies of the deceased.