By NewsDesk @infectiousdiseasenews
Here is the updates on the four hardest hit countries in Europe:
Italy’s outbreak continues to go full steam as the Ministry of Health reported 3,590 additional coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) cases in the past 24 hours, bringing the country total to 24,747.
Health authorities reported 366 deaths. Italy has now reported 1,809 deaths due to COVID-19 (CFR 7,3%)
Regions reporting the most cases include Lombardy (13,272 cases/1,218 deaths-9.1% CFR), Emilia Romagna (3,093/284), Veneto (2,172/63), Marche (1,133/46) and Piemonte (1,111/81).
The Spanish Ministry of Health reported 2,000 additional coronavirus cases and 152 additional deaths, bringing the country total to 7,753 cases and 288 deaths.
Madrid has seen 3,544 cases and 213 deaths to date.
Health officials in Germany saw their cases rise to 5,426 and 11 deaths.
On March 12, Federal Minister of Health Jens Spahn informed the prime ministers of the federal states about the current status of the spread of the corona virus. “During this time, it is important that the federal and state governments work well together,” said Spahn.
An important decision of the meeting between the Chancellor and the heads of government of the federal states was that the hospitals in Germany are concentrating on the expected increasing demand for intensive care and ventilation capacities for the treatment of severe respiratory diseases by COVID-19 .
In a letter, Federal Health Minister Jens Spahn therefore appealed to all German hospitals to recruit additional staff in the face of the corona crisis. He also asked the clinics to postpone operations and interventions that can be planned. “This creates free capacities for primary care and especially in intensive care units to treat people with serious respiratory diseases,” said Spahn. At the same time, it is to be ensured that the resulting economic consequences for hospitals are compensated by the statutory health insurance companies and no hospital In return, there is an additional bonus for each intensive care bed that is also provisionally created and maintained.
Due to the current waves of disease with the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) in Italy as well as in the neighboring countries Austria and Switzerland, Federal Health Minister Jens Spahn is asking all returnees from these countries to stay at home.
If you have been in Italy, Switzerland or Austria within the last 14 days: avoid unnecessary contacts and stay at home for 2 weeks! Regardless of whether you have symptoms or not. In this way you help to protect yourself and your environment from the corona virus.
Sante Publique France is now reporting 5,423 COVID-19 cases through Sunday, including 127 deaths.
The following regions have reported the most cases: Great East, Ile-de-France, Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes, Bourgogne-Franche-Comté and Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur.
In addition, 43 cases have been reported in Caribbean islands and other territories.