Italy’s healthcare system on the brink of collapse, as the number of cases explode to 17,760 – with 1,266 deaths

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Despite stricter measures enforced by the government, the death toll from the novel coronavirus outbreak in Italy continues to rise, reaching 1,266 on Thursday — a jump of 23% over a period of 24 hours. According to the latest figures provided by the Italian Civil Protection Department, the total number of cases in the country has risen to 17,660 the highest anywhere in the world after China, where the virus emerged last December.

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On Wednesday, the Italian government warned citizens that new containment measures — including a stricter lock-down of shops, bars, and other commercial activities — will take at least a couple of weeks to slow down the spread of the virus. Fears over the COVID-19 outbreak are also taking a toll Italy’s financial markets as its main index, FTSE MIB, closed almost 17% down on Thursday, its worst loss on record. Italy’s stigma as the hotbed of the virus in Europe is also having a major impact on airport traffic.

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Operational activities at the two airports in Rome — Fiumicino and Ciampino — were reduced on Thursday, following a high number of cancellations due to the coronavirus outbreak. The company that handles both airports announced that starting March 17, Fiumicino will close its Terminal 1, while all check-in and luggage claim operations will be handled at Terminal 3. The Ciampino airport, which is mainly used by low cost companies, will completely shut down its passenger terminals from March 14. Despite Italy’s strict travel restrictions to contain the spread of the virus, flights in and out of main Italian airports have seen a steep decline and check-in areas have been almost deserted in recent days.

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The situation has been further complicated by U.S. President Donald Trump’s decision to impose travel restrictions related to Europe. Since originating in Wuhan, China, last December, the coronavirus has now spread to more than 110 countries. The global death toll has surpassed 4,600, with more than 125,000 confirmed cases, according to the World Health Organization, which has declared the outbreak a pandemic.   –AA

New study shows some infections could last for 37 days: Some people who get the coronavirus could be contagious for a lot longer than the two-week quarantine period that many countries are using, a new study says. Researchers looking at cases in China say patients could spread the virus for up to 37 days after they start showing symptoms, according to the study published in the British medical journal The Lancet. On average, survivors still had the virus in their respiratory system for about 20 days and could presumably continue to spread the disease, researchers found. “The shortest observed duration of viral shedding among survivors was 8 days, whereas the longest was 37 days,” the researchers said. – Miami Herald

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9 Responses to Italy’s healthcare system on the brink of collapse, as the number of cases explode to 17,760 – with 1,266 deaths

  1. Joseph Repas says:

    We have been in a prolonged low sunspot period for quite a few years now and I have to wonder if that lessening of UV rays is allowing various viruses including COVID – 19 to replicate unmitigated.
    Do you know if any official organizations are considering the use of any UV rays to slow down the spread of viral and bacterial disease?

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    • Nothing notable to speak of. However; UV therapy, as a preventative sterilizer has seen great commercial application and use since the outbreak of the disease. In 1918, nurses made liberally use of tents and housed many patients infected with the Spanish Influenza outside -Besides the medicinal effects, the combination of sunlight and fresh air is said to have cut infection rates by as much as 40%.


      • Joseph Repas says:

        Thank you Alvin! Fortunately we are getting great late winter weather here in N.J. USA. Unfortunately however, even though the sunshine is helping some physically it is not helping with the panic people are behaving to the point of being stupid.

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    • Dennis E. says:

      Do you use a UV light in your Residence Joseph?


      • Joseph Repas says:

        No, actually I do not.Dennis E. It was however a thought that recently crossed my mind when studying this viral outbreak.

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      • Dennis E. says:

        It has crossed mine and before I chose to purchase the items on Amazon sold out. However, I am using a UV light enclosed in a Germ Guardin that I purchased years ago and another one recently from Amazon. The ones I looked at required the person to leave the room for at least 30 minutes and use sun glasses to protect a persons eyes to turn it off. rather strong I say. Although the manufacturer says the light will not harm your eyes, I turn it off (The Light) when I am in the room but still run the air exchange.


      • Joseph Repas says:

        Hope that works well for you Dennis E.


  2. niebo says:

    The first 45 seconds are priceless:


  3. Dennis E. says:

    Italy seems to have chosen, at first The Political Correct method, it has cost them. Did we read earlier or I Did read that The Mayor Of Florence Italy said for those folks to find and hug a Chinese?

    Regardless what you think of Trump, he is no wisp and he has the experience to bring private corporations together with Government resources and bring about a solution to this menace. Also, this is what we need at the the helm of the country for a time like this.

    It could get worst, especially for the elderly. It is as if, if you listen to the news, a euthanasia program attacking the most vulnerable. In The New World Order, the elderly will be considered expendable because they use up resources that could be well used for someone else. Don’t think so, there are countries going that way.

    Just my opinion on that!


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