Italy on Sunday reported a one-day record death toll and leaders warned of a bed and artificial respirator shortage in the European epicenter of the coronavirus pandemic.
Official data showed the number of fatalities shooting up by 368 to 1,809 — more than half of all the cases recorded outside China.
Milan’s Lombardy region governor Attilio Fontana said the situation in areas around Italy’s financial capital was “getting worse” as they “will no longer be able to resuscitate people because [they] will be out of intensive care unit beds” and cannot find needed ventilators.
The Lombardy region has recorded 1,218 of the deaths officially attributed to COVID-19 over the past three weeks — more than the rest of Europe combined.
The region of 10 million — slightly smaller but more economically productive than neighboring Switzerland to the north — also has 13,272 reported infections and 767 people in intensive care.