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In Pictures: Virus overwhelms health workers, marches westward

Updated : 2020-03-31 11:04:06

Tales of grim scenes have emerged from Italian and Spanish hospitals, where the sick have sometimes been left to crowd hallways and doctors and nurses have worked beyond the point of exhaustion to respond to the coronavirus pandemic.

South African National Defense Forces patrol the Men's Hostel in the densely populated Alexandra township east of Johannesburg. (AP Photo/Jerome Delay)
South African National Defense Forces patrol the Men's Hostel in the densely populated Alexandra township east of Johannesburg. (AP Photo/Jerome Delay)
Martina Papponetti, 25, a nurse at the Humanitas Gavazzeni Hospital in Bergamo, Italy poses for a portrait at the end of her shift. (AP Photo/Antonio Calanni)
Martina Papponetti, 25, a nurse at the Humanitas Gavazzeni Hospital in Bergamo, Italy poses for a portrait at the end of her shift. (AP Photo/Antonio Calanni)
People wearing protective clothing carry the body of a victim who died after being infected with the new coronavirus at a cemetery just outside Tehran. The new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms for most people, but for some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness or death. (AP Photo/Ebrahim Noroozi)
People wearing protective clothing carry the body of a victim who died after being infected with the new coronavirus at a cemetery just outside Tehran. The new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms for most people, but for some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness or death. (AP Photo/Ebrahim Noroozi)
David Vazquez, a street performer dressed as the Joker, waits in hopes of pedestrians who will pay to take pictures with him in Mexico City. (AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell)
David Vazquez, a street performer dressed as the Joker, waits in hopes of pedestrians who will pay to take pictures with him in Mexico City. (AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell)
A volunteer nurse wearing a mask tends to homeless in Milan. (AP Photo/Antonio Calanni)
A volunteer nurse wearing a mask tends to homeless in Milan. (AP Photo/Antonio Calanni)
An elderly COVID-19 patient sits inside an ambulance as he waits to be transferred from a Hospital in Barcelona, Spain. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana)
An elderly COVID-19 patient sits inside an ambulance as he waits to be transferred from a Hospital in Barcelona, Spain. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana)
A priest and relatives pray as a victim of the COVID-19 is buried by undertakers at the Almudena cemetery in Madrid, Spain. (AP Photo/Olmo Calvo)
A priest and relatives pray as a victim of the COVID-19 is buried by undertakers at the Almudena cemetery in Madrid, Spain. (AP Photo/Olmo Calvo)
Coffins arriving from the Bergamo area, where the coronavirus infections caused many victims, are being unloaded from a military truck that transported them in the cemetery of Cinisello Balsamo, near Milan in Northern Italy. (Claudio Furlan/LaPresse via AP)
Coffins arriving from the Bergamo area, where the coronavirus infections caused many victims, are being unloaded from a military truck that transported them in the cemetery of Cinisello Balsamo, near Milan in Northern Italy. (Claudio Furlan/LaPresse via AP)
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