Italy Coronavirus Update: Mayors of Bertonico and Codogno In Lombardy Complaining There Is Not Enough Test Kits As Hospitals Are Overwhelmed
, the mayor of Bertonico, one of the cities under lockdown went public and told media that he was exasperated as hundreds of individuals manifesting symptoms in his town could not get a test done to confirm whether they had the new SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus
that causes the Covid-19 disease or not as there had no more test kits. According to him, his town was allocated only about 20 test kits despite having a population of about 3 thousand residents.
The same was reported for the town of Codogno that was only allocated 100 test kits despite having a population of 17,000 people.
Complains were the same at all hospitals and cities across the administrative regions of Lombardy and Venetto. Regional health authorities refused to comment on the matter and the state government has yet to make a statement but doctors across Italy
are complaining that as a whole, there are no test kits available at the moment.
health authorities have confirmed that as of 7pm (Bangkok time, 24th
February), the total confirmed infected with the coronavirus is now 229 with 6 deaths and 26 patients who are critical.
The number of suspected cases has now climbed to more than eleven thousand individuals with only about 30 per cent tested so far.
The three new deaths is the last few hours was a 84-year-old man in Bergamo (Lombardy) with pre-existing medical conditions, a 88-year-old man in Caselle Landi (Lombardy) and a 80-year-old man in Milan (Sacco hospital).
as of now has spread to about 10 out Italy
’s 20 administrative regions.
A joint WHO and ECDC mission is expected to arrive in Italy
tomorrow to assess the situation and assists.
's Health Minister Roberto Speranza announced severe restrictions in the affected regions, which included the closure of public buildings, limited transport, and the surveillance and quarantine of individuals who may have been exposed to the coronavirus.
Speranza said at a press conference.
"We are asking basically that everyone who has come from areas stricken by the epidemic to remain under a mandatory house stay.”
Nearby European countries within the borderless Schengen Area that covers most of western Europe have gotten jittery over the spike in Italy's numbers.
A train from Italy was stopped at the Austrian border on Sunday evening when two German women on board reported fever symptoms, public broadcaster ORF said. The train was let through after the women tested negative for the virus. Austrian authorities said they would meet to study the situation and analyze if border controls with Italy were necessary.
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