Coronavirus pandemic piles pressure on Italy’s health system

As the number of coronavirus cases and deaths surge in Italy, doctors and nurses under increasing pressure are calling out for help while medical supplies run out rapidly.

On Tuesday, Italy’s Department of Civil Protection said the death toll had risen in the past 24 hours by 345 to 2,503, an increase of 16 percent, as cases jumped to 31,506.

Italy, the European epicentre of the infection, is the worst-affected country after China, where the virus originated and where more than 3,200 have died.

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