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  1. In the storm of infection and death sweeping Italy, one big community stands out to health officials as remarkably unscathed – the 50,000 ethnic Chinese who live in the town of Prato.Two months ago, the country’s Chinese residents were the target of what Amnesty International described as shameful discrimination, the butt of insults and violent attack by people who feared they would spread the coronavirus through Italy.But in the Tuscan town of Prato, home to Italy’s biggest single Chinese…
  2. A 13-year-old British boy has died days after testing positive for Covid-19, hospital officials and his family said on Tuesday, with relatives saying he had no underlying illnesses.The boy, who died Monday at King’s College Hospital in London, is believed to be Britain’s youngest confirmed death in the coronavirus pandemic.A 12-year-old girl, whose death was confirmed earlier on Tuesday in Belgium, is thought to be Europe’s youngest victim.The boy’s family said Ismail Mohamed Abdulwahab …
  3. As increasing numbers of European hospitals buckle under the strain of tens of thousands of coronavirus patients, the crisis has exposed a surprising paradox: some of the world’s best health systems are remarkably ill-equipped to handle a pandemic.Outbreak experts say Europe’s hospital-centric systems, lack of epidemic experience and early complacency are partly to blame for the pandemic’s catastrophic tear across the continent.“If you have cancer, you want to be in a European hospital,” said…
  4. More than 40,000 people have been killed in the coronavirus pandemic as the disease barrels across the globe, with the US bracing for its darkest hours after its death toll surpassed China’s.In a matter of months, the virus has infected more than 840,000 people in a crisis redrawing political powers, hammering the global economy and transforming the daily existence of some 3.6 billion people who have been asked to stay home under lockdowns.US President Donald Trump on Tuesday predicted a “very,…
  5. Middle-aged people, and not just the elderly, have a dramatically higher risk of dying or developing serious illness from Covid-19, new research from Britain showed on Tuesday. The findings came in a new comprehensive analysis of virus cases in mainland China.Researchers from Britain analysed more than 3,600 confirmed coronavirus cases as well as data from hundreds of passengers repatriated from the outbreak city of Wuhan.They found that age was a key determining factor in serious infections,…
  6. Spain reported its deadliest day since the coronavirus crisis started, leaving hospitals overflowing with sick patients and the government struggling to bring the spread of the disease under control.The total number of deaths rose by 849 to 8,189 in the past 24 hours, according to Health Ministry data. The number of new cases increased by 9,222 on Tuesday – the most in a single day – to bring the total confirmed infections in the country to 94,417.The Spanish government is betting that severe…
  7. As London braces for more Covid-19 cases – the population confined to their homes, commerce ground to a halt, hospitals at the ready – it is somewhat comforting to know London has survived far worse pandemics before, with much less medical knowledge and equipment.I used my daily exercise outing under quarantine regulations to enjoy the blissful silence that has befallen the city and go on a cycle tour of three important historical sites of past plagues, all within less than a mile of my home.My…
  8. Every evening at the stroke of eight, millions of people across France take to their balconies to bang pots, beat drums, blow trumpets and to whistle and clap as loudly as they can.The wave of sound from the nightly ritual in support of the country’s health workers has become a morale-boosting moment of communion for a population confined to their homes for nearly three weeks.But with the hundreds dying every day, the stoicism of the heroes it celebrates is being sorely tested.France on Monday…
  9. The Covid-19 pandemic could kill as many as 20 million people worldwide this year even if people take steps to reduce their social contacts, according to a mathematical model developed by researchers at Imperial College in London.The researchers’ model indicated that if no social distancing measures were taken at all, the disease could kill as many as 40 million people worldwide but this could be halved if people cut their social meetings by 40 per cent and the elderly reduced their…
  10. As Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte fights to hold Italian society together through a crippling nationwide lockdown, the depressed south is turning into a powder keg.Police have been deployed on the streets of Sicily’s capital, Palermo, amid reports gangs are using social media to plot attacks on stores. A bankrupt ferry company halted service to the island, including vital supplies of food and medicines. As the state creaks under the strain of the coronavirus pandemic, officials worry the mafia…