* Patients who should be in intensive care but are instead slumped in busy wards
* Hospitals which typically provide excellent care were caught flat-footed by virus
* Papa Giovanni hospital in Bergamo is creaking at the seams with case overload
Doctors on the front line of Italy’s coronavirus outbreak have described ‘catastrophic’ scenes in hospitals which are creaking with the sheer volume of cases.
They tell of critically ill patients who should be in intensive care but are instead slumped in busy wards because of a woeful lack of equipment and staff.
Worryingly, the doctors who have spoken out are from state-of-the-art hospitals which typically provide excellent care but were caught flat-footed by the virus which is stretching their capacity to breaking point.
Italy’s outbreak – the worst outside of China – spiralled further today as infections hit 31,506 and the death toll jumped 345 to 2,503.
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