The death toll in Italy from the coronavirus has overtaken China's in a stark illustration of how the outbreak has pivoted toward Europe and the United States. “Italy has world's second oldest population, 87% of those killed by COVID-19 are over 70”. Italy’s population is 4% of China’s.
There will be waves in this pandemic, expected to last 18 months in the latest US estimate. Complications abound with numerous Americans stranded abroad.
— The New York Times (@nytimes) March 19, 2020
ROME (AP) — The death toll in Italy from the coronavirus overtook China's on Thursday in a stark illustration of how the outbreak has pivoted toward Europe and the United States.
Italy has surpassed China as the country with the most coronavirus deaths, officials announced Thursday.
The European nation reported 427 deaths from COVID-19 in the past 24 hours, bringing its total to 3,405, Reuters reported.
Italy passed China’s death rate the same day the city of Wuhan, China, where the outbreak is believed to have originated, recorded no new infections. As of Thursday, China has documented 3,249 deaths, 156 fewer than Italy, according to Johns Hopkins University.
Italy’s number of infected people rose by 5,322 in the last 24 hours, reaching 41,035, according to the Associated Press. The increase in cases was a 14.9 percent faster rate of growth than over the past three days, the Civil Protection Agency said, according to Reuters.
The rise in deaths was slightly lower than the 475 reported in the previous 24 hour period. More than 5,000 people infected in Italy have since recovered.
The majority of those who have died from the virus in Italy have been elderly or have suffered from underlying medical conditions, according to the AP.x
— The Hill (@thehill) March 19, 2020
The United States has suffered such a lapse of leadership that we're forced to the rely on the largesse of countries themselves wracked by the COVID19 pandemic: Italy and (via Jack Ma) China.https://t.co/4An6r1ajqP
— Julie Laumann (@Otpor17) March 18, 2020
SpainÃ¢ÂÂs death toll from coronavirus soared by 209 in 24 hours to 767 deaths, the health ministry says on Thursday.
Spain is the second worst affected country in Europe, as only Italy has had more cases and deaths. https://t.co/qksO1YRutl
— MSNBC (@MSNBC) March 19, 2020
WH press is falling down. Ask him why he misled on tests, on hospital ship, on web site. He uses these to make big promises to escape blame but has done very little.
— Jennifer Rubin (@JRubinBlogger) March 19, 2020
More Trump nonsense:
Trump asked why the US wasn't prepared with more testing if, as he claimed, he knew long ago it would be a pandemic: “We were very prepared. The only thing we weren't prepared for was — the media. The media has not treated it fairly.” He's just saying nonsense.
Ã¢ÂÂ Daniel Dale (@ddale8) March 19, 2020
HANNITY, March 9: “This scaring the living hell out of people — I see it, again, as like, let's bludgeon Trump with this new hoax.”
HANNITY, March 18: “By the way, this program has always taken the coronavirus seriously. We've never called the virus a hoax.” pic.twitter.com/yLKpojA7BI
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) March 19, 2020