Countries with the most severe outbreaks outside Asia: hospitals set up tents to divert patients

 Countries with the most severe outbreaks outside Asia: hospitals set up tents to divert patients

Lombardy and Veneto are the worst hit areas of the Italian epidemic. More than 60% of the confirmed cases in the country come from these two areas. The two places are crucial for Italy because their economic output accounts for almost a third of the countrys total, especially the Lombardy region, which is known as the locomotive of European economy.

Central Milan Cathedral Square. / screenshot of social media

Italy is on the brink of a cliff, the European Commission warned February 26. Italys massive public debt makes investors very sensitive to perceived risks.

On February 28, a number of hospitals in Lombardy region of Italy sent out a call for help message. In the face of a sharp increase in the number of patients, the beds and equipment of the hospital were in urgent need. If no emergency measures were taken, the medical system would fall into confusion, and ordinary patients in the hospital would also be exposed to the high risk of infection with the new coronavirus.

In order to deal with a large number of patients, many areas, including Rome, began to build temporary inflatable tents outside the hospital to facilitate diversion, diagnosis and isolation.

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World War II didnt panic like that

Recently, on social media twitter, there was a hot video in the Italian supermarket. The Italian grandfather in the picture found that all the spaghetti on the shelf had been robbed. He exclaimed: whats the matter? There was no such panic in World War II.

The Italian grandfather complained that the pasta shelves are all empty.. / screenshot of social media video

San Fiorentina is a town in the Lombardy region of Italy, where tensions are rampant. Daniela, a local resident, told the BBC: everything feels surreal . Since the first confirmed patient appeared here, people began to fear and worry. A large number of people lined up in the shops to shop, and supplies such as disinfectants were soon out of stock. There are police garrisons on the outskirts of the city. People cant get in or out.

Daniela said her husband wore a wig to make people laugh when he went shopping to ease the tension. Life has an unexpected turn, but everyone has a strong sense of unity.

The cemetery in San Fiorano has declined visitors, and the notice reads: for the sake of health, the cemetery is closed. Tony Orlo, 35, a resident, said it was incredible to see such an open street for the first time in his life. Due to the shortage of resources, there are young chefs in the community who bake bread at home and distribute it to the residents in need free of charge.

The epidemic in the Veneto region is also not optimistic, with a town in the region sealed off. Luca ZAIA, President of the Veneto region, said: we have 600000 companies that generate 150 billion euros of GDP a year, and if our region goes into recession, Italy will fail.

The Secretary General of fim-cisl, the Italian trade union organization, said that the trade union was very anxious now. The impact of the epidemic on employment may take several months to get an accurate estimate, but the current initial signal was alarming.

More than 90% of hotel and travel agency orders in Rome were cancelled in March, and the cancellation rate in Sicily was as high as 80%, assoturismo, the Italian Tourism Association, said in a statement. Vittorio Messina, head of the association, said: in recent years, Italys tourism industry has never experienced such a crisis, its a dark time.

Italian officials say five Serie A matches have been postponed, including the national derby between Juve and Inter. Juve vs Inter, Milan vs Genoa, Parma vs spar, sasolo vs Brescia and Udinese vs Fiorentina will be postponed to May 13.

31 city hospitals will set up inflatable tents

According to a statement issued on February 28 by Lombardy region of Italy, it is urgent to expand the emergency measures. If the epidemic continues to spread, the local medical system will be in chaos. It is hoped that the closure measures will last for at least another week, including the closure of schools and public places.

This is not an easy situation to ease, Massimo Galli, director of infectious diseases at Sacco hospital in Milan, said at a press conference on the 28th Novel coronavirus pneumonia is a serious threat to hospitals if it continues to increase. It will not only threaten the health of patients with new crowns, but also threaten the health of ordinary patients.

Novel coronavirus pneumonia is hospitalized in Italy, 64 of which require intensive care, and 400 more than 28 mild and asymptomatic patients are at home, the Ministry of civil affairs of the state of Italy said on Wednesday.

According to Roman media reports, due to a large number of patients rushed to the hospital, resulting in bed emergency, Lazio region in Italy began to build temporary inflatable tents in front of the hospital. On February 26, the first tent area, about 700 square meters, was built near the National Institute of infectious diseases in Rome. In the near future, 31 hospitals will build such temporary tents to divert patients.

Inflatable tents outside the National Institute of infectious diseases in Rome. / screenshot of local media in Rome

24 patients in 14 countries are related to Italy

The outbreak in Italy is mainly related to Matia, a 38 year old male infected person. He was ill in a hospital in cordono, Lombardy region on the 16th, and went to the hospital again two days later. However, neither of the two incidents attracted the attention of doctors and did not carry out virus detection. It was not until February 19 that Mattia went to the hospital for the third time due to dyspnea that she was diagnosed with the new coronavirus.

According to the global post, dozens of medical staff and patients contacted with Mattia were infected because he had been in hospital for 36 hours before being quarantined. His wife, as well as friends, bar staff and so on have been confirmed. The Italian Lombardy health department has designated it as patient 1.

Mattia does not have a history of Chinese travel, who transmitted the virus to his patient zero has not been found so far.

In a recent speech, Italian Prime Minister Jean Claude Conte anonymously criticized a hospital for failing to follow the necessary procedures to test patients, leading to the rapid spread of the new coronavirus, the Guardian reported. On February 26, Italian prosecutors and police sent inspection teams to some hospitals in Lombardy region to investigate the misdiagnosis of patient 1.

While the number of infections in Italy has skyrocketed, there are more and more controversies about the number of confirmed cases. Kondt pointed out that one of the main reasons for the large number of confirmed cases was the extensive testing carried out, and criticized the implementation of exaggerated testing in Lombardy region, because many asymptomatic local people also received virus testing.

Richardi, a member of the Executive Committee of the World Health Organization, said Tuesday that the number of confirmed cases in Italy may have been overstated. The countrys figures are reported by laboratories around the country, most of which have not yet been reconfirmed by the Italian National Centre for infectious diseases control.

In order to slow down the speed of diagnosis, Italy adjusted its new coronavirus diagnosis standard on February 28. Reported cases from all over Italy can only be counted as confirmed cases after being confirmed by the National Institutes of health of Italy. In addition, the detection threshold is increased, and only the high-risk population with symptoms is detected.