Shortage of ICU beds in central Alabama amid virus
Montgomery Mayor Steven Reed says central Alabama residents who need ICU beds may not be able to get them. He announced Wednesday some hospitals in the region had run out of space, and urged people to keep taking distancing measures seriously. (May 21)
COVID-19 has killed more than 15,000 in Brazil and reported infections have surpassed those in Italy and Spain. Experts say that with a lack of testing, these numbers could be much higher.
But, President Jair Bolsonaro has repeatedly downplayed the risks of the disease and pushed to reopen the economy.
Many people, including healthcare workers, feel they are being left on their own to battle the pandemic.
Al Jazeera's Priyanka Gupta reports. Former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort was released from federal prison to serve the remainder of his sentence in home confinement amid fears about the spread of the coronavirus. Aired on 05/13/2020. Ultra-marathon runner Dmitry Yakukhny says he broke the 100km (62 mile) mark as he tested his ability to keep moving during coronavirus isolation. They cost less than a dollar, yet masks are so scarce they're being snatched up during the covid-19 pandemic.
But that's not in the developing world, as you might expect.
It's in some of the richest countries, that are being challenged by a shortage of medical equipment.
World powers that are armed for the globe's biggest wars are now fighting for basic protective gear.
France is reported to have seized masks meant to be shipped to Spain and Italy.
And the U.S. is accused of diverting gear intended for the German police.
An estimated 3.5 billion masks are needed by the American healthcare system to fight this outbreak.
But there aren't enough.
So, how's that hampering the fight against the pandemic?
Presenter: Richelle Carey
Jehan El-Bayoumi, professor of medicine at the George Washington University school of medicine
Francis Faduyile, president of the Nigerian Medical Association
Amir Khan, doctor in the National Health Service in the UK.