US federal authorities report that even before coronavirus reaches its peak, three out of four American hospitals are already treating victims and are likely to be overwhelmed as the figures rocket. The US battles the spreading virus amid insufficient tests, scarce protective gear for medical staff, shortage of respirators for critically ill and burnout in staffs who are worried about their own safety. More than 337,000 cases were recorded in the US up to Monday and 9,600 deaths.
Europe showed cautious optimism as the coronavirus numbers in Italy and Spain started curving down. They are overtaken by Britain whose prime minister was hospitalized with symptoms of covid-19 and which has recorded nearly 5,000 deaths among 48,000 cases.