Italy coronavirus crisis: Infections not peaked yet, says National Health Chief

Cheryl Sanders
March 27, 2020

Two weeks in, the measures appear to be having their effect on the virus, slowing new infections and relieving pressure on the health system. On Wednesday, Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte said the European Union must respond "mighty, united and swift" to the outbreak.

China has so far recorded 81,782 cases and 3,291 deaths.

The true numbers are likely much higher, however.

Italian health authorities on Friday reported the country's largest 24-hour death toll since the start of the CCP virus pandemic, confirming that 919 people succumbed to the disease.

Spain also recorded a high death toll, with 769 new deaths in the past 24 hours. As on Thursday, 471,304 people from over 195 countries have been infected, and 21,291 have died.

The figure does not include those who died from the virus at home or at retirement homes, top French health official Jerome Salomon told reporters. "Help us help you", Dr. Francesca De Gennaro, who heads a small medical clinic in Italy's hard-hit Bergamo region, wrote in an open letter.

China said it was barring entry to most foreigners, fearing that imported cases were undermining its success in bringing domestic transmissions way down. The infection rate, however, continued its downward trend, with the civil protection agency reporting almost 86,500 confirmed cases in Italy - a 7.4 per cent increase, down from around 8.0 per cent in previous days.

The Epoch Times refers to the novel coronavirus, which causes the disease COVID-19, as the CCP virus because the Chinese Communist Party's coverup and mismanagement allowed the virus to spread throughout China before it was transmitted worldwide.

Nurse Abramo Pozzaglio puts on sanitation gear to deal with patients with Covid-19 at the Spedali Civili Hospital, in Brescia, Italy.

Queen Elizabeth last saw Johnson on March 11 and she remains in good health, Buckingham Palace said.

And in NY, the virus hotbed in the United States, authorities hope to stem infections as the city struggles to more than double the number of available hospital beds.

Globally, there are more than 471,000 confirmed cases.

Yet only the United States has now recorded more cases, while Italy has suffered nearly twice as many deaths as any other nation.

The number of closed cases has also risen, with 12 deaths from coronavirus-related complications across the Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico, Guadeloupe, Cuba, Jamaica, Martinique, Cayman Islands, and Guyana.

Roaming Bucharest's deserted streets under the coronavirus lockdown no longer turns up scraps of food, with Romania's homeless instead facing insults and deeper isolation.

The tally from governments around the world carried out by the AFP news agency also found that the pandemic has now claimed more than 25,000 lives across the globe.

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