Linde will deliver vital medical oxygen to a pop-up hospital at an airfield providing support for nearly 200 coronavirus patients near Munich, Germany.

Located in Erding, near Munich, the field hospital is housed in two large lightweight construction halls at the local air force base.

The makeshift hospital has capacity for 160 coronavirus patients and will be served with an oxygen supply system containing 14,000 litres of medical gas.

Just days after Germany eased its lockdown restrictions, official data from Robert Koch Institute (RKI) has shown coronavirus cases are on the rise.

According to RKI, the reproduction rate – a measure of the extent to which a disease is spreading throughout the population – is back above 1, increasing to 1.1 from 0.89.

Increased oxygen production

Linde has increased its oxygen production amid the coronavirus crisis.

The industrial gas giant said in a statement last month that it was increasing the amount of oxygen production at air separation units, where needed, and is working very closely with local healthcare providers to anticipate demand and increase deliveries.

Linde is prioritising the supply of oxygen and essential medical gases in order to support hospitals, doctors, nurses and medical professionals as they care for patients with coronavirus.