Europeans to celebrate Easter indoors as coronavirus cases spike

02 Avril, 2020, 05:03 | Auteur: Anatole Charbonneau
  • EU project in danger if no solidarity on coronavirus crisis says economy chief Gentiloni

NY authorities rushed to bring in an army of medical volunteers Wednesday as the statewide death toll from the coronavirus doubled in 72 hours to more than 1,900 and the wail of ambulances in the otherwise eerily quiet streets of the city became the heartbreaking soundtrack of the crisis.

London is just days from unveiling a 4,000-bed temporary hospital built in a massive convention center to take non-critical patients so British hospitals can keep ahead of an expected surge in demand.

Even as the virus slowed its growth in overwhelmed Italy and in China, where it first emerged, hospitals in Spain and France reached their breaking points and the US and Britain braced for incoming waves of desperately ill people.

"The combination of the two facts and the risk that it contributes to enhanced instability, enhanced unrest, and enhanced conflict are things that make us believe that this is the most challenging crisis we have faced since the Second World War". In Italy alone, almost 10,000 medical workers have been infected and more than 60 doctors have died.

After Spain reported its deadliest day in the coronavirus pandemic so far, European countries such as Italy and Germany chose to extend the nationwide lockdown until after Easter on April 12. Hotspots in Madrid and Catalonia have nearly tripled their ICU capacity.

In Italy, morgues overflowed with bodies, caskets piled up in churches and doctors were forced to decide which desperately ill patient would get a breathing machine. The rate of new cases continued to slow, suggesting the epidemic had peaked, health chiefs said.

Americans were told Tuesday (31 March) to brace for "very painful" weeks ahead in a worsening coronavirus pandemic projected to claim up to a quarter million United States lives, as fatalities spiked in European hotspots Spain, France and Britain.

Italy, Britain and France are among countries that have called in medical students, retired doctors and even laid-off flight attendants with first aid training to help, although all need re-training.

The staffing shortage has been worsened by the high numbers of infected personnel.

With Italy and Spain bearing the brunt of the crisis in Europe, the death toll in the U.S. is now more than 4,000 - higher than the declared number of fatalities in China.

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A 1,000-bed emergency hospital set up at the mammoth Javits Convention Center began taking non-coronavirus patients Tuesday to help relieve the city's overwhelmed health system.

But talk of shared debt is a red line for Germany and other northern countries, threatening to divide the bloc.

"It is my first time", Lina Alba, who lost her job as a cleaner in a Manhattan hotel that closed two weeks ago, said from a food distribution centre.

China on Wednesday said it has more than 1,300 asymptomatic coronavirus cases, the first time it has released such data following public concern over people who have tested positive but are not showing symptoms.

USA health authorities warned the number of dead could reach up to 240,000 even with social distancing measures in place as the NY region also rushed to set up extra hospital capacity. But for others, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause severe symptoms like pneumonia and can lead to death. The southern European nation has been in lockdown since early March.The Italian health minister said on Wednesday the lockdown measures will be extended until April 13. Total infections hit 102,136.

The coronavirus pandemic has killed more than 25,000 people in Europe, according to an AFP tally Monday taken from official sources. Turkey dispatched masks, hazmat suits, goggles and disinfectants to Italy and Spain.

China, where the outbreak began late previous year, today reported just 36 new COVID-19 cases.

Some have chosen to ignore social distancing guidelines.

Three quarters of Americans are now under some form of lockdown, while off the Florida coast a coronavirus-stricken cruise ship and its sister vessel are pleading for somewhere to dock after four passengers died on board.

Trump said later that he would speak with his fellow Republican.



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