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Health crisis out of control in Naples, patients treated for Covid in cars

A medical worker gives an oxygen mask to a patient in a car, as people in cars line up for treatment outside the Cotugno hospital, amid the outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in Naples, Italy, November 12, 2020. (Photo by Reuters)

Coronavirus patients in Naples were administered oxygen and placed on drips through their car windows on Thursday as they waited for hours for COVID tests or to be admitted to the hospital.

COVID-19 infections are surging across Italy and hospitals across the country have struggled to manage the skyrocketing numbers, but the poorer south has appeared particularly ill-equipped to cope despite having all summer to bolster their defenses.

The health crisis in Italy's third-largest city Naples was out of control and outside the Cotugno hospital on Thursday - patients were being treated in cars that were lined up outside the entrance.

A video posted on social media showed a corpse slumped in another Naples hospital lavatory. The unidentified man was a suspected coronavirus sufferer who had been waiting for a test in a packed, chaotic hospital emergency room, which was also shown in the amateur video.

Officials said Campania, the second-worst affected region chalking up 3,166 cases, reflected a wider health calamity that was playing out across much of southern Italy, which emerged largely unscathed from the initial wave of COVID-19 in the spring, but is being battered by the second wave.

The number of cases nationwide roared past the one million mark on Wednesday, with half of those infections emerging in just the last 18 days and with 32,961 new infections recorded in the past 24 hours.

A total of 42,953 people have now died because of coronavirus in Italy since the disease came to light in February.

The Health Ministry also reported 623 COVID-related deaths on Wednesday, up from 580 the day before and the highest figure since April 6.

(Source: Reuters) 

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