WHO announces Europe new pandemic hub
The Director-General of the World Health Organization (WHO) Tedros Gebreisus officially stated that the main focus of the spread of the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus at the moment is Europe, not China. According to him, there are more sick and dead in this part of the world than in the rest of the world combined, not counting the PRC. He urged medical professionals to monitor their condition with particular care.
Another WHO spokesman, Dr. Mike Ryan, compared the epidemic to HIV infection. According to him, the responsibility for the health of others lies with those who have already confirmed the virus – they should stop the possible transmission of the virus to friends and family members. Ryan also advised EU countries to restore and control national borders.
European countries quarantined and shut down all institutions
The Border Council has already been followed by Poland. The country’s authorities suspended international air and rail transportation and tightened control at border points with Schengen countries. In the same way, Spanish Catalonia was isolated. Denmark has also tightened entry requirements. Earlier, Italy resorted to similar measures.
In most European countries, schools, universities and kindergartens are quarantined. Workers are transferred to home mode by many companies and organizations, museums and attractions are closing.
Great Britain stands apart: although Prime Minister Boris Johnson recently predicted to fellow citizens the premature death of their loved ones, the authorities did not close educational institutions. However, according to The Guardian, by March 14, they had nevertheless revised their position and were going to ban all mass gatherings, closing public places for visits.
Public events canceled around the world
Politicians are trying not to hold international meetings because of what is happening. So, the summit of Turkey, Germany and France on the situation with migrants will be held via teleconference, the PACE session scheduled for April has also been canceled.
Walt Disney has closed its park in Paris (as well as in Los Angeles and Florida), there are no sports competitions or political rallies. In Berlin and Paris, the number of public transport will be reduced to the minimum necessary level, as the number of passengers has noticeably decreased in recent days.
All official visits were postponed by Queen Elizabeth II of Great Britain – she, as an elderly person, is threatened by pneumonia from a new type of coronavirus in the first place. A similar decision was made by the 83-year-old Italian politician Silvio Berlusconi: he not only ceased to be published, but also left Italy covered by COVID-19 to France, where there were fewer cases.
US emergency mode introduced
Its introduction was announced by US President Donald Trump. This will allow the authorities to channel up to $ 50 billion to fight the pandemic. In addition, now doctors will be able to travel to other states for help without a special license, and hospitals will be able to place patients not only in specially designated rooms.
Earlier, the American leader stopped entry from European countries for 30 days. The UK remains an exception for now: its residents are not prohibited from entering the United States.
Coronavirus was first detected in China
A coronavirus outbreak was first reported in Wuhan in December 2019. At the same time, the first patients probably appeared in November. Symptoms of the disease are fever, fatigue and cough with sputum. The virus is transmitted from person to person. The incubation period of the disease can be up to 27 days, which significantly complicates the containment of the epidemic. According to some reports, even after recovery, re-infection is possible.
Where exactly the virus came from is still unknown. The most popular version says that he was transmitted to a “null patient” from a bat, but it also needs confirmation. At the same time, the strain is similar in genetic structure to SARS – the coronavirus of severe acute respiratory syndrome, which provoked an epidemic of so-called SARS in 2002-2003.
According to the latest data from the Johns Hopkins University project, more than 145 thousand cases of infection with the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus have been registered in the world, almost 81 thousand of them in China. Over 5.4 thousand people became victims of infection worldwide, more than 71.6 thousand were cured. Chinese doctors report that the peak of the epidemic in the PRC is behind: in the last day, only 11 new cases of the disease were detected.