Coronavirus: Italy’s Total Death Toll Exceeds 10,000

Elias Hubbard
March 30, 2020

As US states impose a patchwork of measures, Trump sowed confusion over the weekend by back-pedalling on his proposal to impose a broad lockdown on NY and its neighbours to prevent residents from virus-hit areas travelling to Florida and elsewhere.

But after Spain on Friday withdrew 58,000 Chinese-made coronavirus testing kits after discovering they had an accuracy rate of just 30%, the Netherlands - which has recorded 771 deaths, with more than 10,000 confirmed cases - on Sunday recalled 600,000 Chinese face masks when they, too, were found to be defective.

Italy reported a second straight daily decline in the number of deaths from coronavirus, offering hope that stern measures the government has implemented over the last three weeks to combat the outbreak may be bearing fruit.

Most people who have died have been over 60, but in Italy, a 101-year-old man has recovered from Covid-19.

Belgium and Luxembourg saw a steep climb in deaths, with 353 recorded in the former on Saturday - up from 289 the day before - and 15 in the grand duchy, up from nine.

Italy reported 889 new deaths, bringing its total to more than 10,000. Spain reported 832 new deaths, its highest daily count yet, to a total of 5,690. Schools, bars, restaurants and shops selling non-essential items have been shut since March 14 and most of the population is house-bound as Spain tries to curb the virus.

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued a formal advisory on Saturday, asking residents of New York, New Jersey and CT to "refrain from nonessential domestic travel for 14 days effective immediately".

In hard-hit Iran, President Hassan Rouhani also said the country must prepare to adjust to "the new way of life" for the foreseeable future, after 123 more deaths were recorded.

Senior government scientist Anthony Fauci on Sunday issued a tentative prediction that Covid-19 could claim from 100,000 to 200,000 lives.

US President Donald Trump will hold a press conference at 10am NZT time with the latest information on Covid-19 in the US.

Regional affairs minister Francesco Boccia said the question facing the government was not whether it would be extended, but by how long.

It took 16 days for the number of deaths to go from one to just over 200.

In Britain, deaths have now topped 1,000 as Prime Minister Boris Johnson - who tested positive for the virus last week - warned that dark days were on the horizon.

In the letter, being sent to 30 million homes, the prime minister warned stricter restrictions could be put in place if necessary.

A growing number of imported coronavirus cases in China risked fanning a second wave of infections when domestic transmissions had "basically been stopped", while eased travel curbs may also add to domestic risks.

Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and a key expert on the White House coronavirus task force, told CNN Sunday morning that he estimates the USA could ultimately see 100,000 to 200,000 deaths from the virus and millions of cases overall.

The latest figures provided by the Italian Civil Protection Department, however, showed that both the daily death rate and the increase in the number of contagions continued to slowdown compared with the previous days.

Most of those imported cases involve Chinese nationals returning home from overseas.

Hospitals are rapidly filling with a deluge of patients in Europe and the United States, now the focal points of a pandemic that began in Asia but is now upending the global economy and upsetting everyday life in unprecedented ways.

"My ICU (intensive care unit) is completely full", said Eduardo Fernandez, a nurse at Infanta Sofia hospital in Madrid, where authorities have set up a 5,500-bed field hospital and transformed an ice rink into a morgue. But for others, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, the virus can cause more severe illness, including pneumonia, and lead to death.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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