The death toll in Italy from the coronavirus rose above 2,500 on Tuesday.
Italy’s health ministry reported 2,503 deaths and a total of 31,506 confirmed cases of the virus.
Italy has been the hardest hit nation in Europe from the virus, which originated in China.
At the moment, more than 26,000 people are positive for the virus in Italy and nearly 3,000 people have been healed, the country's health ministry said.
This isn't quite clear, but either 26,000 or 29,000 have tested positive for the virus. We don't know how many cases there are but it seems pretty safe to assume that it's far more than 29,000. I believe the death figure in the article is for deaths from the virus, but surely there are also deaths that are incidental to the virus because the healthcare system is overwhelmed. This is why it's so important that we flatten the curve. The worst case scenario is too many people contracting the virus at the same time and running out of hospital beds, medical personnel and supplies. Personally, I've decided to limit my work to telehealth for existing patients.
Then there's the economy. It's cost me a lot but I'm okay. I've already spoken with people who will not be okay going into next month. I will reduce or forgo charges to patients as necessary rather than leave them hanging out to dry in the middle of a crisis. I hope others are similarly prepared to do what they can to help their clients, customers and their community.