Europe’s frontline COLLAPSES as 4,800 health workers infected in Italy

One of the victims, Dr Leonardo Marchi, worked as an infectious disease specialist and medical director of the San Camillo Nursing Home in Cremona, a city in the region of Lombardy. Mr Marchi, 64, who headed the nursing home for 11 years, was married and had two daughters. The second tragedy saw Manfredo Squeri, a retired hospital doctor, from Parma, the northern Italian region of Emilia-Romagn, die just hours later.

He worked as a doctor in charge of the medicine department at the Piccole Figlie di Parma nursing home, affiliated with the National Health Service.

There is currently no further information surrounding the circumstances of their deaths.

The news pushes the number of fatalities among healthcare workers to 19.

According to Italy’s technical-scientific body of the nation’s health service Istituto Superiore di Sanità (ISS), 4,824 healthcare professionals have been infected with coronavirus since the beginning of the epidemic, equal to 9 percent of the total number of people infected, a percentage that doubles that of the Chinese study published in Jama (3.8 perent).

The nationwide tally will be released around 6.00 pm. On Sunday, the national death toll stood at 5,476, the highest in the world.

Spain has nearly 4,000 health workers infected with the coronavirus, more than one in ten of total confirmed cases, officials said today as the toll rose in Europe’s second-worst affected country after Italy.

Like in other countries hit hard by the virus, nurses, doctors and other health workers say they are not getting enough protective kits.

Authorities and companies are scrambling to manufacture, buy and distribute more.

The number of cases registered in Spain rose to 33,089 up from 28,572 cases yesterday. This means health workers account for nearly 12 pecent of the total.

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Healthcare workers and nursing home staff will have priority as Spain rolls out a testing programme.

The coronavirus death toll has reached 2,182, adding 462 fatalities overnight, the Health Ministry said.

Health emergency chief Fernando Simon added 87 percent of those who had died were aged 70 or older.

Additional reporting by Maria Ortega.

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