Hospitals in US, Europe overwhelmed amid COVID-19 crisis

2020-11-18 12:55:05
Hospitals in US, Europe overwhelmed amid COVID-19 crisis

Coronavirus infections and deaths continue to rise sharply across the US and Europe, and hospitals are reaching a breaking point as they treat COVID-19 patients.

In twelve of those 50 states infections have spiked in the last two weeks, meaning there has been a 100 percent or more increase in confirmed cases over 14 days, the latest NBC News data showed Tuesday.

The White House coronavirus task force said in its latest weekly report that there is "now aggressive, unrelenting, expanding broad community spread across the country, reaching most [US] counties, without evidence of improvement but rather, further deterioration."

With so many new cases, hospitals across the US, and the doctors treating the deluge of new patients, were reaching the breaking point.

“Every day, we seem to break our record for total number of new patients,” Dr. Jeff Pothof, University of Wisconsin Hospital emergency room doctor and chief quality officer, said on MSNBC. “We’re all tired. Everyone is tired. We’re all doing our best. Medicine is a team sport, but we need some help. Things are not going well for us.”

The United States, the worst-affected country worldwide, has reported about 11.38 million infections and 248,574 deaths since the pandemic started, the tally showed.

The United States leads the world in the daily average number of new deaths reported, accounting for one in every 12 deaths reported worldwide each day, according to a Reuters analysis.

Europe scrambles amid an alarming rise in COVIS-19 case

In Europe, which accounts for almost a quarter of the world's 1.3 million deaths, Britain has reported the highest number of deaths in the region.

Britain is also the only European nation to report more than 50,000 fatalities, followed by Italy with 46,464 fatalities and France with 46,273, according to the Reuters tally.

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