In comparison to Italy the population of Việt Nam is larger, 100 million compared to 60 million. Việt Nam has a much younger average age, which might decrease the severity of an outbreak. However, most households have several generations which make it more difficult to protect the elderly, who are more venerable. In addition, the proportion of healthcare personnel and hospital beds per capita in the Vietnamese healthcare system is much less, central hospitals normally are over-crowded resulting in patients often having to share beds. Considering the consequences of a generalised Covid-19 epidemic the forceful preventive measures taken by the Vietnamese authorities are crucial. … [Read more...] about A deadly mix of Covid-19 and superbugs may be the cause of high death rates in Italy – could this also happen in Việt Nam and can it be prevented?
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Europe has emerged as the new epicenter of the pandemic along with the U.S., with Italy leading the world in the number of deaths, at over 17,000, followed by Spain with more than 14,000. … [Read more...] about Vietnam sends 600 Europeans home by special flights
For weeks the EU's 27 member states have bickered about ways to respond to the economic havoc, with Italy and Spain pleading for a solidarity fund that would be paid for by European partners jointly borrowing money on the markets. … [Read more...] about EU nations struggle to bridge bitter split over ‘coronabonds’
EU finance ministers were working on a deal to use the eurozone's 410-billion-euro ($447 billion) bailout fund to fight the virus but the bloc remains divided on pooling debt to issue "coronabonds." … [Read more...] about Trump threatens to cut WHO funding, China lifts Wuhan travel ban