Italy’s numbers are soaring, Spanish hospitals are overflowing, and Hawaii orders a 14-day quarantine.
Parts of Australia have begun shutting down, with states closing schools, beaches, clubs and places of worship.
Here’s what you need to know:
- Italy’s crisis stands as a warning for the world.
- Washington State warns it could run out of ventilators.
- Trump wrote to Kim Jong-un offering help, North Korea says.
- Hawaii orders a 14-day quarantine for all arrivals.
- Lockdowns alone won’t defeat the outbreak, a W.H.O. expert says.
- A sober warning on Mother’s Day in Britain.
- Germany plans to spend 10 times what its budget rules normally allow
Italy’s crisis stands as a warning for the world.
Italy has imposed a lockdown, deployed the army and risked its economy to try to stop the spread of the coronavirus. Yet its toll is growing more staggering by the day: By Sunday the country had more than 53,500 cases and over 4,800 deaths, surpassing China as the country with the highest death toll.
Italy’s struggle is increasingly being seen as a tragic warning for other countries to heed, in part because it is paying the price of early mixed messages by scientists and politicians. The people who have died in staggering numbers recently were mostly infected during the confusion of a week or two ago.