More than 23,000 confirmed cases, 365 dead: in New York, the epicenter of the coronavirus in the United States, hospitals are under tension, but still manage to cope. 44% of the patients are between 18 and 44 years old.

More than 23,000 confirmed cases, 365 dead: in New York, the epicenter of the coronavirus in the United States, hospitals are under tension, but still manage to cope. 44% of the patients are between 18 and 44 years old.

(.) – At the start of the crisis, this respiratory therapist from a large hospital in the district of Queens, the Long Island Jewish Medical Center, mainly saw the arrival of already fragile patients, most often elderly. “But for the past two weeks, I’ve been in my 50s, 40s, 30s who didn’t listen when they were told not to go out, of to protect yourself and of wash one’s handsHe said, preferring to remain anonymous.

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According to figures released Thursday, 44% of patients in New York are between 18 and 44 years old, even if they don’t represent that 4% of deaths. “There are people who are probably in much better physical shape than me,” observes this therapist. “They go to the gym, they eat healthy. And suddenly they get sick. It’s hard to see someone in their thirties dying. ”

At a steady pace, the hospitals of the first American metropolis are filling up with patients who must be treated with infinite precautions. “You have entire floors that pass Covid overnight,” said an administrative employee of the hospital, who kept his name because the establishment does not allow him to speak to the press. “They isolate everything and basta,” he says.

New data on the pandemic in Luxembourg show 1,950 people affected by covid-19 and 21 dead. Either 110 cases and three additional deaths in 24 hours. To follow in our liveticker.

Governor Andrew Cuomo has ordered hospitals in New York State to increase their capacity by 50%, or even double it, if possible. “We’re on the block,” says Tim Peal, a nurse at Mount Sinai Morningside Hospital, near Columbia University in Manhattan. “We’re going to have to transform rooms into intensive care units.”

The U.S. now leads the world in confirmed coronavirus cases. More than 81,300 people are known to have been infected, including more than 1,000 deaths.

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On the whole, the equipment necessary for nursing staff – masks, gloves, aprons – is still available in sufficient number, say the health professionals interviewed, despite some occasional shortages. Artificial respirators are also quite numerous at the moment, and doctors do not have, as is the case elsewhere in the world, to sometimes choose the patients to be saved. But that doesn’t stop the dead from piling up.

“We have many deaths, mostly from cardiac arrestSaid a nurse from Mount Sinai Morningside Hospital, speaking on condition of anonymity. “It gets hard.”

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The screening capabilities, another priority, have almost quadrupled in a week, and now reach 18,650 tests per day, Andrew Cuomo said on Thursday. On Wednesday, the New York Times published photos of a long queue outside the Elmhurst Hospital Center, another Queens hospital, where some waited hours for the test. Thursday morning, they were still about fifty to wait.

“I am ready”

But in the afternoon, almost no one was there, to the point that Elsaid Amer, who was passing by in a car, stopped to be tested in the tent specially fitted out in front of this hospital. “I have nothing,” he said, no symptoms or anyone identified as ill with those around him, “but I wanted to be sure I was good.” He will have his answer in two or three days, the nurses told him. The test will have taken five minutes.

Governor and mayor Bill de Blasio have warned that the peak of the New York pandemic is unlikely to occur for two to three weeks. “It will probably get worse,” said a doctor at Mount Sinai Morningside, who asked not to be named. “I am very tired.” In the services, the nervousness is palpable. “I am ready”. “This is not the time to abandon our patients,” says Priscilla Carate, respiratory therapist, who now works 60 hours a week, down from 36 usually. “They need us.”

Cafes and restaurants to close in Russia

The country will close all cafes and restaurants from Saturday to limit the spread of the new coronavirus, the Prime Minister announced Friday. “The executive authorities of the regions of the Russian Federation will suspend from March 28 and until April 5, 2020 the activities of catering organizations, with the exception of distance trade,” Mikhail Michoustin ordered in a document released on the site of the Russian government.

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