Italians over 80 'will be left to die' as country overwhelmed by coronavirus (3 minute read)
Italian hospitals may have to turn away coronavirus victims from intensive care if they are more than 80 years old or in poor health. A crisis management unit in Turin has proposed a protocol for determining which patients receive treatment in intensive care if there are insufficient spaces. Intensive care capacity is running short in Italy as the virus continues to spread. Doctors need to be able to balance the clinical needs of patients and the effective ability of intensive resources. More than 15,000 people in Italy have been infected with the virus, with 1,000 people dead. Italy has 5,090 intensive care beds.
Coronavirus: Spain and France announce sweeping restrictions (4 minute read)
Spain and France have announced emergency restrictions to combat the spread of the coronavirus. In Spain, people can only leave home to work or buy essential supplies and medicines. Cafes, restaurants, cinemas, and most shops are now shut down in France. According to the World Health Organization, Europe is now the epicenter of the pandemic. Many other countries are now implementing self-quarantine rules and other restrictions. Italy, Spain, and France have been hit hard with the coronavirus, with 1,440, 191, and 91 deaths in each country respectively.