Italy has now reported more than 41,000 cases of coronavirus as of Friday, the first patient was recorded on 21 February in the country.
The death toll in Italy currently stands at 3,405 or 8% and has now exceeded that of China which stands at 3,253 despite having just under half the number of confirmed cases.
Italy has 41,035 compared to China’s 81,250 confirmed cases of coronavirus.
Dr Antonio Pasenti Head of Lombardy’s Intensive crisis care unit in Italy told Sky News on Friday, that “the UK is a matter of weeks behind Italy” and will most likely experience “what we are seeing.”
He said that , “8.8% of cases are among healthcare workers” across the country.
The head of emergency care, Dr Roberto Cosentini, told Sky News, they have never seen anything like this and he and his staff are warning the UK, “that they will see it soon.”
“It’s a very severe pneumonia, and so it’s a massive strain for every health system, because we see every day 50 to 60 patients who come to our emergency department with pneumonia, and most of them are so severe they need very high volumes of oxygen.
“And so we had to reorganise our emergency room and our hospital [to] three levels of intensive care.”
Sky News chief correspondent, Stuart Ramsay, said, “The Papa Giovanni XXII hospital is one of the most advanced in Europe, but even this gleaming mega hospital is on its knees.”
A nurse at a Milan hospital, Daniela Confalonieri said, “Unfortunately we can’t contain the situation in Lombardy.
“There’s a high level of contagion and we’re not even counting the dead anymore.”
In an interview with Express.co.uk, Maurizio Brucchi, a renowned Italian doctor who also served as Mayor of Teramo, gave a stark warning to Londoners, the worst is yet to come.
“The numbers are growing, but what is concerning is that there have been more than 475 deaths in a day.
The Italian Dr warned, “London needs to be careful.
“Boris Johnson has to stop with these half-measures. They simply do not work. The Chinese have told us.”