Italy has imposed a lock down, and opted for deployment of army and has put its economy at risk in an attempt to stop the spread of corona virus.
Still its toll is growing exponentially by the day: officials
reported 793 additional deaths on Saturday; it is by far the largest single-day
increase in causalities. Italy has surpassed China as the country with the highest
death toll, and has become the epicenter of a shifting global pandemic.
The authorities in
Germany have banned people in Berlin
from meeting in groups of more than 10 people, lawmakers, courts and those
providing essential services are kept in exception, and Spain’s health ministry
reported an increase in the number of corona virus deaths to 1,326 and total
cases to 25,000, a rise of about 25 percent from a day earlier.
The hospitals of Madrid region, which had 60 percent of Spain’s cases, are overflowing and facing equipment
shortages. Officials have ordered a
field hospital with about 5,500 beds be set up in the Spanish capital’s main
The effects of the virus are being felt
throughout Europe. Poland has reported less than 500 cases, but one of the
country’s hospitals was shut down and evacuated on Saturday after 30 patients
and staff members were found to have the virus.
France has emerged as
one of the hardest hit countries in
Europe, raised its totals to 14,459 confirmed cases and 562 deaths, and said it
had ordered over 250 million face masks from French and foreign suppliers.
But Italy’s condition
is in the world’s most prominent and critical state , and it is progressively being seen as a warning for other nations to take
note of, in part as it is still paying
the price of mixed messages by scientists and politicians given earlier
times. The people who have died due to the virus in confounding numbers recently — more than
2,300 in the last four days — were mostly infected during the confusion of a
week or two ago.