Italy's Coronavirus Death Toll Jumps 25 Percent in One Day to 1,809

17 Mars, 2020, 00:40 | Auteur: Anatole Charbonneau
  • Italy's Coronavirus Death Toll Jumps 25 Percent in One Day to 1,809

Civil Protection Department chief Angelo Borrelli, during a press conference in Rome, revealed that the total number of positive cases registered in the country reached 24,747 on Sunday, with an increase of 3,590 new cases recorded in the past 24 hours, CNN reported.

Lombardy, the heavily populated area around the financial capital Milan, has been the worst-affected region with 1,218 deaths.

But Sunday also saw the number of deaths in the southeastern Puglia region around the city of Bari double from eight to 16.

"The numbers have continued to grow".

Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte insisted on Sunday that his government was paying "maximum attention" to the outbreak in the north. It shattered its previous record of 250 deaths in a single day recorded last week. Alarmingly, 10 percent of Lombardy's doctors and nurses can not work because they tested positive for the virus and are in quarantine, according to the region's top health official, Giulio Gallera. In addition, nursing students who were due to take their final exams next month are now expected to graduate in the coming days so they can be immediately put to work.

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"We are close to the point where we will no longer be able to resuscitate people because we will be out of intensive care unit beds", Fontana said to Italy's Sky TG24 channel. A day earlier, the top health official in the hard-hit region of Lombardy complained publicly about the quality of the masks that Italy's central government had shipped to hospitals in his area, likening them to toilet paper.

The deadly coronavirus has killed 368 people within 24 hours in Italy. In less than three weeks, the coronavirus has overloaded the health care system all over northern Italy.

Milan mayor Beppe Sala said he has managed to secure shipments of surgical masks from China to help cover a growing shortage.

Besides that, there also have been concerns about the lesser-equipped south of Italy, where many have arrived from affected regions. At least 1,809 people have died from the virus in Italy, making it the largest outbreak outside of China.

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