Italy has registered a shocking spike in the alarming deaths of the coronavirus, and officials have warned that the peak of the crisis is still within a few days as the global infection rate continues to rise.
Economists say 300,000 people are infected in Europe alone, the disease shows few signs of slowing, and the world has entered a recession.
In the United States, which now has more than 100,000 Covid-19 patients, U.S. President Donald Trump called on Friday for wartime powers to compel a private company to manufacture medical devices because of the heavily burdened healthcare system the country is difficult.
“Today’s action will help ensure the quick production of ventilators that will save American lives,” Trump said as he issued the order to auto giant General Motors.
With 60% of the country’s population in a blockade and wave of infections, Trump also signed the largest stimulus package in US history worth $ 2 trillion.
Last Friday, Italy recorded nearly 1,000 deaths from the virus, the worst one-day death toll since the pandemic began.
A coronavirus patient, a cardiologist from Rome, has since recovered. He remembered his hell at Capital Hospital.
“The treatment for the oxygen therapy is painful, looking for the radial artery is difficult. Desperate other patients were crying out, ‘enough, enough’,” he told AFP.
One bright spot is that the contamination rate in Italy continues its recent downward trend. But Silvio Brusaferro, director of the National Institutes of Health, said the country has not yet got out of its predicament and predicted that “we will peak in the coming days.”
Spain also said its new infection rate seems to be slowing, although the deadliest day has also been reported.