Spain: 832 more people die from Covid-19

Andrew Cummings
March 30, 2020

New York City under "Stay at Home" orders from New York State Gov. Andrew Cuomo leaves NYC a virtual ghost town from trains to the streets, amidst the coronavirus pandemic where federal hospitals are being built at the Jacob Javits Center to offset the expected increase in new patients, on March 25, 2020.

From snorkel masks to 3D-printed face shields, creative solutions have popped up around the globe in efforts to plug the gap as factories rush to keep up with worldwide demand.

"This is off the charts", she said.

Despite the rising deaths, he claimed an apparent decline in the infection rate indicated that "the disease is stabilising and we can say some areas of the country may have passed the peak, although we can't say the same at a national level".

Members of the Military Emergencies Unit (UME) prepare to carry out a general disinfection at the Arturo Soria residence for the elderly in Madrid on March 28, 2020 amid a national lockdown to fight the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Here is a rundown of the numbers in some of the worst-hit countries since the outbreak began.

Health officials say they fear NY may follow the deadly path charted by Italy, with health professionals exhausted and hospitals desperately short of protective equipment and ventilators.

"We have no money to pay, we have to eat", someone reportedly shouted at the cashiers in a Palermo supermarket, according to La Repubblica newspaper.

The number of cases in Italy reached 92,472 with 5,974 more cases being recorded in the last 24 hours.

In the ground zero-city of Wuhan, however, life is creeping back to normal.

As the nation marked two weeks since the lockdown was put in place, Spain on Saturday received a first delivery of 1.2 million masks from China for health workers and those in the transport sector.

Two months of nearly total isolation appear to have paid off in Wuhan. "It seems it might be safer within China".

He is now quarantined at home with a likely case of the virus himself.

In New York, the virus was overwhelming some of the city's poorest neighborhoods, with data showing high rates of infection in densely packed areas with big non-English-speaking populations.

Germany has so far recorded 351 deaths, according to a tally by the John Hopkins University, despite having registered more than 50,000 confirmed cases due to its vast testing campaign.

As states impose a patchwork of measures, President Trump sowed confusion over the weekend by back-peddling on a proposal to impose a broad lockdown on NY and its neighbours.

"A quarantine will not be necessary", Trump tweeted, about eight hours after he stunned the NY metropolitan region - the epicentre of the United States outbreak - with a proposal to place it under quarantine.

On Friday, it reported 969 deaths in a day - the highest single toll since the COVID-19 virus emerged late a year ago. Of the 2,147 deaths, more than a quarter - 672 - were in New York City.

From Friday to Saturday, it has added almost 70,000 cases.

Coronavirus deaths in Europe exceeded 20,000 on Saturday, making it the worst-hit continent, with three-quarters of the fatalities in Italy and Spain.

As even rich countries struggle, aid groups warn the toll could be in the millions in low-income countries and war zones such as Syria and Yemen, where health care systems are in tatters.

There are at least 124,686 confirmed cases across the country, with 2,191 deaths.

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