Spain, Italy demand EU virus help; New Yorkers avoid travel

APTOPIX Virus Outbreak Spain
Posted at 8:47 AM, Mar 29, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-29 08:47:52-04

BARCELONA, Spain -- Spain and Italy are pleading for European help as they fight still-surging coronavirus infections amid the continent’s worst crisis since World War II. U.S. authorities urged millions in the hard-hit New York City region to stay home.

From Milan to Madrid to Michigan, medics are making tough choices about which patients to save with limited breathing machines.

The confirmed global death rate surpassed 30,000 people and new virus epicenters are emerging, including in rural counties in the U.S. with few intensive care units.

Spain and Italy alone account for more than half of the world's death toll and are still seeing over 800 deaths a day each.