Medical technology company Siemens Healthineers is withdrawing its outlook for the rest of the year due to uncertainty about the corona pandemic. The German group still performed well in the past quarter, thanks in part to the increased sales of medical scanners.

CT scanners from Siemens Healthineers are used, among other things, to monitor corona patients in ICU departments. Despite logistics problems, the division that makes this equipment grew significantly in the second quarter of Siemens Healthineers’ broken financial year.

The diagnostics component, on the other hand, was struggling with a drop in turnover. Here, the virus outbreak affected yields because fewer patients with other conditions, especially in China, visited the doctor. This division provides a molecular test for the coronavirus in Europe. In addition, a new type of immunity test is expected this month to show whether people have built up antibodies against the lung virus.

Compared to a year earlier, total turnover increased by 5.1 percent to 3.7 billion euros. Siemens Healthineers subsequently posted a profit of 414 million euros, 9 percent more than in the same period last year.

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