In the Chinese province of Hubei and the city of Wuhan, which became the focus of the spread of coronavirus infection COVID-19, not a single new case of infection has been detected over the past day. This was reported by the National Health Commission of China.
This happened for the first time since the closure of the region in late January.
In total, 795 cured patients were discharged from hospitals in the province per day. Eight new deaths were recorded (six in Wuhan).
In mainland China, outside of Hubei, no deaths have been recorded since the morning of March 19th. 34 new infections confirmed in other Chinese provinces and autonomous regions.
The World Health Organization (WHO) on March 18th reported that more than 200 thousand people fell ill with coronavirus infection worldwide. 80% of all cases are in Europe and the Asia-Pacific region.
As of midday on March 19th, the total number of cases sits at 225,381. Out of them 85,831 have recovered, and 9,276 have ended in death.
China currently has the most deaths, sitting at 3,245, while Italy is catching up with 2,978.
On March 18th, Italy reported 4,207 cases recorded in the previous day, as well as 475 deaths, which made the day with the most reported deaths.
Italy said that 99% of those that died to coronavirus complications had other illnesses.
The average age of those who’ve died from the virus in Italy is 79.5. As of March 17th, 17 people under 50 had died from the disease. All of Italy’s victims under 40 have been males with serious existing medical conditions.
The average life expectancy in Italy sits at 84 years. For females its 86, and for males its 81.9.
The median age in the country is 47.3 years.
In Russia, the number of cases is relatively low. However, the following observation was made regarding a fatal case.
A 79-year-old patient was hospitalized on March 13th. Since March 14th, she was treated in a private clinic, two days later she was transferred to the Infectious Diseases Hospital. The result of the coronavirus test was positive. She received complex intensive care, in connection with increased respiratory failure. In the Infectious Diseases Hospital, she was in an isolated box.
Meanwhile, in France, the UK and the US, the situation is being militarized.
The Pentagon is starting the process of activating Navy hospital ships USNS Mercy (T-AH-19) and USNS Comfort (T-AH-20) as part of the Defense Department’s domestic response to the spreading COVID-19 virus.
“We’ve already given orders to the Navy… to lean forward in terms of getting them ready to deploy,” Secretary of Defense Mark Esper told reporters.
“The big challenge isn’t the availability of these inventories, it’s the medical professionals. All of those doctors and nurses either come from our medical treatment facilities or they come from the reserves, which means civilians,” Esper said.
“What I don’t want to do is take reservists from a hospital where they are needed just to put them on a ship to take them somewhere else where they’re needed.”
The ships will now begin the several days-long process of bringing aboard medical staff and equipment ahead of deploying along the East and West coasts, a defense official confirmed to USNI News on Tuesday afternoon.
Joint Staff surgeon Air Force Brig. Gen. Paul Friedrichs gave more details on how the ships could support civilian hospitals.
“If, for example, a community has a large outbreak and there’s a need for emergency room support or trauma support, a hospital ship is perfectly designed to do that,” Friedrichs told Politico on Monday.
“It’s hard to get the hospital ship to St. Louis, but along the coasts, it is an option to use.”
In France, the A330 MRTT Phoenix “Morphée” was mobilized to potentially airdrop coronavirus patients.
The army mobilized against the fight to stop the spread of the Coronavirus. Echoing the words of President Emmanuel Macron who spoke of “war” against the coronavirus March 16th evening in his address to the French, the air force evacuated on March 18th a first group of patients from Mulhouse to relieve the hospitals overloaded with authorities, the authorities have announced.
“In accordance with the decisions of the President of the Republic, the situation requiring it: an Air Force A330 Phoenix takes off this morning from Istres to Mulhouse, in order to evacuate 6 patients with Covid-19 to hospitals Laveran and Saint-Anne armies,” Defense Minister Florence Parly tweeted.
The A330 MRTT “Phoenix” is equipped with the “Morpheus” module (Resuscitation module for patients with high elongation evacuation), which allows the evacuation from the battlefield of wounded individuals requiring resuscitation.
It allows the evacuation of up to 10 seriously injured people over a distance of 12,000 km. The Air Force staff has authorized the use of this kit on the A330 Phoenix. Medical evacuation by air contributes to the rapid treatment of the wounded or sick in the medical facilities on the ground, then to that of their admission to France.
In the UK, more than 10,000 could potentially be put on standby to assist in fighting against the coronavirus spread.
Codenamed Operation Broadshare, the plans are said to have been drawn up a few weeks ago only to be massively changed due to the soaring spread of the virus.
A senior source told Sky News:
“It feels like we’re getting ready for war, but this time at home. This is what the military is good at, we are always planning scenarios and ready to step in to help, however I’ve never known anything like this. There are just so many unknowns.”
The military are planning to use at least 20 per cent of its personnel to fight the virus, with the proposals including how to cope with the breakdown of society.
It appears that none of the countries that are actively tackling the coronavirus have even paid attention to China’s experience.
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