Italy’s hospitals close to collapse – doctors warn

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Italy’s hospitals are close to breaking point because of the number of COVID-19 patients they are facing, the nation’s internal medicine doctors, internal medicine nurses and geriatricians said in an open letter on Wednesday.

“The hospitals are close to collapse because of the shortage of personnel and the lack of beds in the face of an abnormal flow of patients because of the rapid and vertiginous spread of COVID infection,” read the letter. “Messages that downplay the situation should not be given… the situation in the hospitals is dramatic”.

The federation of Italian medical guilds recently called for a nationwide lockdown amid a sharp upswing in COVID-19 cases.

On Wednesday, Italy, one of the European countries hit hardest by COVID-19, surpassed the one-million infections mark, leap-frogging Mexico to become one of the top 10 worst-affected countries globally, according to a Reuters tally.

The Italian health ministry said the country had registered 32,961 new cases over the past 24 hours, taking its total tally since the contagion first struck in February to 1.028 million.