AN ITALIAN doctor has revealed half of the coronavirus ICU patients there are under 65, with some as young as 20.
Dr Antonio Pesenti, head of Lombardy intensive critical care unit said many of the young people there are seriously unwell.
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He told Sky News: “The other 50 per cent [of patients], 20 years old, 30 years old.
“Quite a few are seriously ill, like the old ones. Obviously younger people are usually healthier so they survive more.”
It comes after shocking footage of an Italian hospital emerged of coronavirus patients wearing “plastic bubbles” on their heads and gasping for air.
The video was taken in an emergency ward in Bergamo hospital, Lombardy, as the country’s death rate surged above China’s with 3,405 people dead.
In the clip, hazmat suit-wearing medics rush between patients in a tightly-packed ward, as victims can be heard gasping for air while ICU machines beep continuously.
Doctors in the region are reportedly calling the deadly outbreak “the Apocalypse” as the country recorded 427 new deaths in 24 hours – making it the new epicentre of the crisis with 41,000 recorded cases.
Dr Lorenzo Grazioli, who worked for the NHS in Leicester for one year, urged the UK to follow the example of China and Italy and lock everything down. He says it is the only way to beat the virus.
It comes as:
- Boris Johnson unveiled a wage boost and tax cuts for workers hit by crisis
- Cases of Covid-19 across the world reached 200,000
- A man became the first to be arrested in the UK for not self-isolating
- Alarming images emerged from an Italian hospital where patients are treated with bubble helmets
- China and other Asian countries are facing a second wave of deadly coronavirus
- New test will be made available to hundreds of thousands of people ASAP
- Health secretary Matt Hancock warns of second coronavirus hotspot in the Midlands
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There are now 3,983 cases of coronavirus in the UK and 177 people have died from the bug.
Young people have been warned to take coronavirus seriously and STOP going to the pub – or risk severe illness.
Advising young people not to be complacent, Boris Johnson’s chief medical adviser, Professor Chris Whitty, said that young people are getting severe forms of the illness.
He told a press conference today: “There are some young people who have ended up in intensive care, or who have ended up with severe disease around the world.
Northwick Park Hospital has become overwhelmed with COVID-19 patients is the worst-hit area in the UK.
The first British sufferer is trialling a treatment drug and vaccine testing will begin next month, while doctors will be able to ramp up testing for Covid-19 to 25,000 a day.
The PM added: “I know we are asking a huge amount from people but it is crucial for saving thousands of lives.
“It is by this combination of determined, collective action and scientific progress that we are already seeing we will succeed.”
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Most children now have to stay at home from school, but key workers are allowed to still send their kids to school as they play a crucial role in Britain’s fight against coronavirus.
Today we told how a patient who died after catching coronavirus reportedly tested negative for the killer bug twice – with it only discovered at the post-mortem investigation.
A cluster of deaths have been reported in the West Midlands, the worst hit outside of London where the infection is causing chaos.
It has been reportedly linked to an unnamed church at the centre of the hotspot – from which two people have died after catching the virus.
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And last night we told how it’s feared a young Brit who boozed with old men in a pub after returning from a stag-do in Spain may be behind the rapid spread in the area.
Currently 28 people have died from coronavirus across just the West Midlands, with one NHS trust there seeing nine deaths.
A source told The Times some of these deaths have been linked to a church where a member attended services not realising the were carrying the killer bug.