If the daily rate of coronavirus cases in Italy reaches the same level as France then hospitals would be able to cope for just two months, a doctors’ union chief said, writes Angela Giuffrida, the Guardian’s Rome correspondent.

The warning from Carlo Palermo, head of the Anaao-Assomed union, came after admission to intensive care jumped by 13.7% within 24 hours. Italy registered 5,901 new infections on Tuesday. Hospitalisations have steadily risen in recent weeks to 5,076, of which 514 people are in intensive care.

Palermo said:

Italy’s hospitals can cope for at least five months and, at the moment, the situation is manageable.

But if we were to witness an exponential rise in cases, as is happening in other countries like France, the hospital system would not hold up for more than two months.

Read more: The Guardian


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