Coronavirus Death Toll in Greece Rises to 29; US Cases Pass 100,000



    An elderly man died from COVID-19 infection at a hospital in Kastoria, north-western Greece on Saturday, bringing the total number of fatalities in the country to 29. The total number of cases in Greece is 892.

    In the US, doctors and nurses on the front lines of the coronavirus crisis pleaded on Friday for more protective gear and equipment to treat waves of patients expected to overwhelm hospitals as the number of known US infections surpassed 100,000, with more than 1,600 dead.

    More than a third of the country’s cases are in New York — which has been in a partial lockdown for a week as officials try to slow the spread of the virus and hospitals scramble to keep up with the patients streaming in.

    The rate of new cases appears to be slowing in New York, but the governor says it may take 21 days for the state to hit its peak — the highest point of reported cases before that number begins going down.

    Europe

    Italy recorded the highest daily rise in deaths anywhere since the outbreak began, with 969 fatalities.

    According to Italy’s ANSA news agency, there have now been 9,134 deaths in Italy due to the coronavirus pandemic.

    Spain has seen another record single-day death toll after 832 people died between Friday and Saturday, bringing the total number of those who have lost their lives to the coronavirus in the country to 5,690.

    As of today, Spain has confirmed 72,248 cases of the virus, up from 64,059 on Friday.