The number of deaths from coronavirus in Italy has exceeded 4,000, while in Spain there are already more than 1,000, after a significant rise in the number of deaths in both countries in the last 24 hours.
THE WORST DAY IN ITALY SINCE THE BEGINNING OF THE EPIDEMIC
In Italy the total number of deaths from COVID-19 is 4,032 after 627 deaths were recorded in just 24 hours.
It is the worst day since a month ago the first infected was detected.
The positive cases increased by 4,670 and are now 37,860, while since the beginning of the crisis a month ago in Italy the total number of patients is 47,021, of whom 5,129 have been discharged, including the first to become ill, according to the data offered by Civil Protection.
The head of the Italian Civil Protection, Angelo Borrelli, explained that it is not known when the contagion peak will be reached, but he assured that despite today’s data, the measures “give results” because the tendency of those infected is lower.
SPAIN THIRD COUNTRY BY NUMBER OF CONTAGIATES
Spain has today become the third country in terms of the number of registered coronavirus infections.
The number of deaths caused by COVID-19 has exceeded one thousand; In the last 24 hours, there have been 235 deaths, bringing the total number to 1,002. The number of infections is around 20,000 (19,980). These are figures that have been contributed by the director of the Center for Health Alerts and Emergencies of the Ministry of Health, Fernando Simón, in a telematic press conference.
This places Spain in third place after China and Italy for the number of infections, although the number of deaths is significantly higher in Iran (1,433 deaths and 19,644 infections).
The emergency coordinator admitted that there are intensive care units “under stress near the limit” and that, due to the overload with which they work, they have to adopt more restrictive criteria for patient admission.
The Minister of Health, Salvador Illa, added: “We are mobilizing all available resources (…) to adequately serve all Spaniards.” But he recalled that masks, respirators and detection tests are “products that are difficult to obtain because logically all countries are supplying them.”
OVERLOAD LEADS TO SET UP ADMISSION CRITERIA
In Spain half of the infected have been hospitalized and it is estimated that the peak of the epidemic has not yet been reached, which has led to the Spanish Society of Intensive, Critical Medicine and Coronary Units (Semicyuc), which has the endorsement of the Spanish Society of Internal Medicine (SEMI), to propose admission criteria to the Intensive Care Units.
A life expectancy of less than 1-2 years, the “biological” age or the “social value” of the patient are some of those criteria included in the document “Ethical recommendations for decision-making in exceptional situations of crisis due to pandemic COVID- 19 in intensive care units. “
It is a matter of replacing, in these exceptional times, the criterion of “first to arrive, first to enter” with an estimate of who can benefit the most from the treatment.
HOTELS AND CONGRESS CENTERS CONVERTED IN HOSPITALS
To unload the hospitals, the Spanish government decided last night to close all hotels and tourist establishments, giving visitors a week to leave the country. Hotels are needed for the mildly ill or quarantined. There are already several in Madrid dedicated to it.
In the coming days, military units will enable 5,500 beds for the seriously ill in the great Madrid fair complex, IFEMA, in Madrid, where the last Climate Summit was held. Barcelona will open a fair pavilion and 200 tourist flats to host the vulnerable. Field hospitals will also be set up in the coastal region of Valencia.
CORONAVIRUS CLOSES THE BORDER BETWEEN MEXICO AND THE UNITED STATES
The United States and Mexico have agreed this Friday “the suspension of non-essential traffic” on the border between the two countries to stop the expansion of the coronavirus pandemic, as announced at a press conference at the White House, the Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, who pointed out that trade would be exempt.
Mexico, as the United States has done, will ban flights from Europe as part of “coordinated efforts.”
NEW YORK IMPOSES CONFINEMENT OF NON-ESSENTIAL WORKERS
New York State has decreed that all non-essential service employees must stop coming to their jobs and working from home in order to reduce the rate of infection.
California has also ordered the confinement of the majority of the population.
THE UNITED KINGDOM CLOSES LEISURE CENTERS FROM TODAY
After refusing to take measures to limit social contacts and the spread of the virus, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has ordered the closure of bars, restaurants, theaters, gyms and other leisure centers starting today in the UK Joined to try to slow the progression of the coronavirus epidemic.
The conservative head of government stated that “every month” from now on, the situation will be analyzed to determine “whether some of the measures that are being adopted can be relaxed.”
On the other hand, the Minister of Economy of the United Kingdom, Rishi Sunak, announced today that the Government will pay 80% of the wages of workers who are at risk of being fired by the coronavirus epidemic. The plan will cover salaries up to a total of £ 2,500 per month (€ 2,700).
WHO WARNS YOUNG PEOPLE THAT ARE NOT IMMUNE
The World Health Organization (WHO) announced today that COVID-19 cases are already more than 210,000 worldwide and the deaths exceeded the 9,000 barrier, and launched a warning message to young people, noting that the Coronavirus can also be dangerous to them.
“You are not invincible, this virus can take you to the hospital or even kill you,” WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said at a press conference, addressing younger generations, under the impression that many think that the coronavirus only affects elderly people.
VIRUSES ARRIVE IN HAITI AND THE UN OFFERS HELP TO VENEZUELA
The virus has already reached Haiti, the country with the most fragile medical infrastructure on the American continent.
It was announced by the President of Haiti, Jovenel Moise, who has decreed a curfew and declared a state of sanitary emergency. The curfew will be effective from 8:00 p.m. to 5:00 a.m. and meetings of more than ten people are prohibited. . Moise also ordered the closure of schools, public administration and private companies starting this Friday.
Haiti was one of the few countries in the Americas that were free of coronavirus infections, which in the neighboring Dominican Republic has already caused two deaths and thirty infections.
Meanwhile, the United Nations (UN) has offered aid to Venezuela, another of the countries with a more vulnerable situation to face the pandemic
The UN has made it known by letter that “the United Nations system is ready to support the Government (…) in the response to COVID-19” and has already launched several actions such as the dissemination of reliable and updated information to communities for the prevention and containment of the coronavirus.
The UN “is developing a global appeal to mobilize resources for the United Nations system and partners for the prevention and response of COVID-19,” the letter reports.
EU CALLS FOR HELP FROM INDUSTRY TO MANUFACTURE MEDICAL EQUIPMENT
The European Commission (EC) has convened this Friday by videoconference, the Industry Ministers of the countries of the European Union (EU) to seek solutions that allow the traffic of essential goods and redirect the industry towards the production of medical equipment that they are scarce because of the coronavirus.
Some companies have already gone ahead and have announced that they will dedicate themselves to the production of medical supplies for the duration of the crisis.