Minneapolis, Minnesota – The new coronavirus pandemic reached an increasingly grim death toll in the United States and Europe on Saturday, generating a shocking number of cases in New York and Italy and triggering alerts about the need to add thousands of beds out of hospital, as the disease showed another disappointing advance.
The Italian government, at the center of the devastating outbreak in Europe, announced nearly 800 new deaths and 6,600 new cases, its largest increase from one day to the next so far. In New York, state authorities were desperately trying to get medical equipment and hospital beds while confirmed cases of COVID-19 exceeded 10,000 at the state level, with 56 deaths.
“Everything that can be done is being done,” said New York Governor Andrew Cuomo. “We are literally scouring the entire world for medical supplies.”RELATED
Around the world, the streets, squares, and avenues of the largest cities looked deserted as curfews and emergency closings multiplied in an attempt to slow the spread of the disease. In the United States, New Jersey and St. Louis joined the growing list of areas whose inhabitants have been ordered to stay home. Healthcare workers from Oklahoma City to Minneapolis have asked for donations of protective gear. Detroit hospital staff began to craft mouthguards for their workers. Even rural hospitals have been overtaken by a population that feels that the pandemic is getting closer and closer.
In Washington, congressional and White House negotiators resumed dialogue on an exorbitant $ 1 trillion economic rescue package, a call by President Donald Trump to reach an agreement that stabilizes a nation whose situation has changed dramatically in the face of the pandemic. of the coronavirus. Trump remains confident in the country’s ability to beat COVID-19 soon, despite national health sector leaders acknowledging that the United States has not even reached the peak of contagion.
“We are going to celebrate a great victory in the not too distant future,” said the president.
The contagion is beginning to show in US cities far from large metropolitan areas, including places that have resisted drastic containment measures. Nearly 150 countries have confirmed cases, and more than 30 states in the United States have reported deaths. Currently more than 300,000 cases have been confirmed worldwide, according to a count by Johns Hopkins University.
And new places emerge as foci of contagion daily. Among the new concerns are an outbreak in an elderly care home in Ohio, another outbreak in New Orleans that caused alarm among state lawmakers, and two new deaths in Kansas, where a senior health official said teams for Evidence will run out over the weekend.
US Vice President Mike Pence and his wife, Karen, tested negative for coronavirus, his press secretary tweeted Saturday. The couple was tested after a member of their staff tested positive.
Approximately 13,000 deaths have been confirmed worldwide, according to a Johns Hopkins University count. The United States has more than 280 deaths from the pandemic so far. In Italy, where Europe’s largest outbreak is recorded, at least 4,825 deaths have now occurred.
Most infected people experience mild to moderate symptoms, such as fever and cough, and recover within weeks, but the virus is highly contagious and can spread through people who do not show symptoms. Furthermore, it can lead to serious illnesses, such as pneumonia, especially in older adults or patients with previous illnesses. The vast majority recover.
However, the virus is spreading rapidly, which has begun to shake the economy globally and push the healthcare system of several cities to the limit.
In Italy, local authorities in the northern regions severely hit by the virus have called on the Italian government to impose stricter measures in the face of the uncontrollable outbreak. Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte said in a speech to the nation that he was tightening the measures of total confinement and announced the closure of all production facilities except for those that provide essential goods and services. Conte asked the population to remain calm, noting that there is no other alternative.
“Our sacrifice to stay home is minimal compared to that of other citizens trying to keep the nation running,” he said in a message via Facebook.
Russia’s Defense Ministry, meanwhile, said it was ready to send ambulant medical groups and disinfection equipment to Italy, and a plane with more than 100 tons of supplies from China to the Czech Republic as part of a NATO program .
Spain now has the third highest number of infections worldwide, followed by the United States.
The Spanish health authorities have recognized that some intensive care units in the most affected areas are close to their limit.
The Spanish army was building a 5,500-bed field hospital at a convention center in Madrid, where hotels are also being converted into rooms for patients with viruses without serious respiratory problems.
The Chinese city of Wuhan, where the outbreak was first detected, on Sunday, a new confirmed or suspected case was not reported for the fourth day in a row. Wuhan must now go through a period of 14 days in a row with no new cases for authorities to end draconian flight restrictions, but a special train moved more than 1,000 auto factory employees in advance for the first time since start of spread.
China reported 46 new cases in the last 24 hours, 45 of them from abroad.