Spain moves to extend state of emergency as virus deaths soar

first_imgField hospital To ease pressure on hospitals in the Madrid region, soldiers helped move patients over the weekend to a makeshift field hospital set up at a conference center in the Spanish capital.The facility will be fitted with 5,500 hospital beds, which would make it the biggest such coronavirus field hospital in Europe.About 1,300 hospitals beds have so far been set up at the facility and officials plan to move over 300 patients there this weekend, the director of the field hospital, Antonio Zapatero, said in an interview with daily newspaper El Mundo.A photo taken before the first patients arrived showed rows of empty beds covered in white sheets laid out on the concrete floor of the conference center.The Spanish government said Saturday it would distribute another 500,000 masks to healthcare workers, and 800,000 for patients. It also said it had also bought more than 640,000 coronavirus tests.Authorities have called up 52,000 extra workers to help the country’s health service as it struggles to contain the virus, including 14,000 retired doctors and nurses.Around 2,850 soldiers have been mobilized to disinfect airports and ports and other tasks in the fight against the virus. “I know it is a drastic measure…but experts agree that it is an effective measure in the fight against coronavirus,” he told a news conference after holding talks via video conference with the heads of Spain’s regional governments.”We hope that with this measure, which is so drastic, so dramatic, so hard, which without a doubt has consequences on our families, we can bend the [growth] curb of coronavirus.”The announcement comes after Spain reported 394 new deaths caused by the pandemic, raising to 1,720 the official death toll in Europe’s worst-hit country after Italy, a 30 percent increase over the previous day.The number of confirmed cases of the disease rose by 3,646, or 14.6 percent, to 28,572, with Sanchez warning the outbreak would continue to expand in the coming days. ‘Significant problem’The rise in infections is bringing Spain’s health care system to the brink of collapse, especially in the regions of Madrid and Barcelona which account of half of all infections of COVID-19.”There will be stress and a problem in some places. The pressure on the system will be high,” the health ministry’s emergencies coordinator, Fernando Simon, said.”This collapse which is being talked about could happen in some places but it will not be generalized.”Health care workers have for days complained that they are running short of equipment, such as masks.The pandemic claimed the first life of a health care worker in Spain last week, that of a 52-year-old nurse in the northern Basque Country.Doctors, nurses and other health care workers accounted for over 10 percent of all confirmed cases of coronavirus, Simon said.”This is a significant problem for our health care system,” he told a news conference. “We have yet to receive the impact of the strongest, most damaging wave, which will test our material and moral capacities to the limit, as well as our spirit as a society,” he said during a televised address late on Saturday.center_img Spain’s prime minister said Sunday he would ask parliament to extend a state of emergency until April 11 to try to curb the spread of coronavirus after the country recorded 394 new deaths from the disease.A nationwide 15-day state of emergency was first announced on March 14 and it bars people in the nation of around 46 million people from leaving home except for essential outings like buying food or seeking medical care.Sanchez said his cabinet would on Tuesday approve the request to extend the state of emergency for another 15 days, adding he was confident that the assembly would approve it. Topics :last_img read more

Southland Conference Places Nine on United Soccer Coaches All-Region Teams

first_imgUnited Soccer Coaches ReleaseFRISCO, Texas – The Southland Conference earned nine total selections to the United Soccer Coaches NCAA Division I Women’s All-South Region Teams, the organization announced Wednesday. D Laurene Tresfield Sr. Oklahoma State University Paris, France K Kelsey Daugherty Jr. UAB Kennesaw, Ga. Kelso Peskin, the Southland Newcomer of the Year, earned second team distinction for Lamar. Amelia Fullmer, M.J. Eckart and Lucy Ashworth all earned third team selections to round out the Cardinals’ selections. M Ellee Hall Sr. Houston Baptist University Unitah, Utah M Asta Arnadottir Sr. Florida Atlantic University Kopagavur, Iceland M Aline De Lima Sr. Baylor University Belo Horizonte, Brazil First Team Pos. Player Class School Hometown K Katie Lund So. TCU Plano, Texas D Louise Stephens So. Rice University Houston, Texas Rounding out the conference’s selections is Houston Baptist midfielder Ellee Hall, who was named to the all-region third team. M Anna Beffer Sr. Oklahoma State University Tulsa, Okla. F  Peyton DePreist Fr. Middle Tennessee State University Franklin, Tenn. D Jaclyn Stroud Sr. Old Dominion University Raleigh, N.C. D Atu Mshana So. University of Texas Garland, Texas M Hanna Barker Sr. Stephen F. Austin State University Farmers Branch, Texas F Kassi  Hormuth Sr. Texas State University Cedar Park, Texas F Haley Woodard Jr. Oklahoma State University Norman, Okla. M Julie James Jr. Baylor University Fairview, Texas D Kennedy Rose Sr. Stephen F. Austin State University Tyler, Texas Pos. Player Class School Hometown M Carla Portillo Sr. West Virginia University Mississauga, Ont. The 2017 Southland Regular Season and Tournament champion Lamar led the way with four selections while McNeese and Stephen F. Austin both earned a pair of picks. Houston Baptist earned a lone spot on the third team. M Karitas Tomasdottir Jr. TCU Hella, Iceland D Gabi D’Alesandro Sr. McNeese State University Flower Mound, Texas F Annie Walker Jr. Rice University Grand Blanc, Mich. Second Team K Jennifer Wandt Fr. Baylor University Brookfield, Wis. F  Martha Thomas Sr. Charlotte Weston, Fla. K Maya Hoyer So. Rice University Los Gatos, Calif. M Amy Brewer Sr. UAB Fayetteville, Ga. M Katie Glenn Jr. University of Texas Round Rock, Texas F Nia Stallings Sr. Rice University San Antonio, Texas F Daniella Famili Sr. Coastal Carolina University Stockholm, Sweden D Nyomi Devine Sr. Murray State University Beaudesert, Australia 2017 United Soccer Coaches NCAA Division I Women’s All-South Region Teams M Samantha Chaiken Sr. Rice University Dallas, Texas K Kari Naerdemann Jr. Tennessee Tech University Herene, Germany F Yazmeen Ryan Fr. TCU Norman, Okla. F Harriet Withers Sr. Murray State University Murwillumbah, Australia M Haley Berg Sr. University of Texas Celina, Texas D Ebba Blomqvist Jr. Florida Atlantic University Skovde, Sweden F Kelso Peskin Jr. Lamar University Cape Town, South Africa M M.J. Eckart Sr. Lamar University Flower Mound, Texas D Ryan Williams Sr. TCU Centennial, Colo. F Rio Hardy Sr. University of South Alabama Workington, England M Nomvula Kgoale Sr. Louisiana Tech University Polokwane, South Africa Pos. Player Class School Hometown D Amelia Fullmer Jr. Lamar University Pleasant Grove, Utah D Amandine Pierre-Louis Sr. West Virginia University Quebec City, Que. D Chandler Cooney Sr. Texas State University Houston, Texas F Iris Achterhof Jr. Old Dominion University Groningen, Netherlands F Lucy Ashworth Fr. Lamar University Wigan, England F Savannah LaRicci Sr. McNeese State University Sugar Land, Texas D Precious Akanyirige Sr. Baylor University Pleasanton, Texas F Cyera Hintzen So. University of Texas McKinney, Texas D Hannah Godfrey Jr. University of South Alabama Thornton, England M Rachel Grout Sr. Texas State University Dallas, Texas The league’s Player of the Year, McNeese senior Savannah LaRicci, was voted to the second team while defender Gabi D’Alesandro was tabbed to the third team for the Cowgirls. F  Michaela Abam Sr. West Virginia University Sugar Land, Texas Third Team F Megan Greene So. Charlotte Fuquay-Varina, N.C D Bianca St Georges Jr. West Virginia University St. Felix De Valois, Que. K Rylee Foster So. West Virginia University Cambridge, Ont. Two-time Southland Midfielder of the Year Hanna Barker of Stephen F. Austin is the league’s lone first team selection. Fellow senior Ladyjack Kennedy Rose earned a spot on the second team as a defender. F Grace Hagan Jr. University of Kansas Wichita, Kan.last_img read more