Covid19: Health services in Europe struggle
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Covid19: Health services in Europe struggle

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A lack of beds, protective equipment and doctors are just some of the issues being faced in Europe, as the coronavirus crisis exposes the weaknesses of the region’s national health systems.

After deep austerity measures over the last decade, the health systems of countries like Italy, Spain, the U.K. and Portugal are struggling to keep on top of the ongoing outbreak of COVID-19.

There are some common issues, such as a lack of testing kits to monitor the virus, and not enough protective clothing and equipment.

“Overloaded,” a junior doctor in the north of Portugal, and who didn’t want to be named due to the sensitivity of the issue, told CNBC. “There are no personal resources nor (enough) equipment for everything.”

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