Late 2019, the worst fears of some became a reality when the COVID-19 (colloquially known as Coronavirus) broke out in China. Since then, it has spread globally and cases have been reported in almost all continents except for Antarctica for now. Many different cases have been reported in Europe, which makes up the total number of 93,000 that authorities are aware of globally. Unfortunately, this virus has claimed numerous lives in Europe and it can continue affecting more people because it currently has no vaccine.
Italy has borne the full brunt of this lethal virus and it keeps on finding ways to go right across the border and infect citizens of other countries. The worst part about this virus is that little is known about it, especially in terms of how others get infections, the severity of the infection and other characteristics. The ECDC reported that COVID-19 is very concerning because not much is known on how to treat it.
Although this organization claims to be closely monitoring the outbreak and providing risk assessments to the EU commission and its member states, there is no telling what could follow. The ECDC also reports that it gives the abovementioned stakeholders reports on the response activities they are currently carrying out across Europe.
The rise of this scourge in Italy
Italy has been the one that got hit the most in Europe and has had an alarmingly rising death toll. According to an update that was released by CNN, Italy has had 2,502 cases that were reported which resulted in 79 deaths. That is very concerning up to the extent that Italian schools and universities have been closed due to the risk of more citizens being infected.
It all started on January 31, 2020, and as time went on there more than 1,000 cases reported. Just before you knew it, the number doubled which brought the number of reported cases up to 2,502. The area with the most cases reported and the highest death toll is Lombardy, where the outbreak began in this country. Emilia Romagna follows Lombardy with the second-highest cases reported and death toll. Lombardy sits at more than 1,500 cases reported and a death toll of 55 while Emilia Romagna has seen 335 incidents and 18 deaths.
Coronavirus death toll in France
France hasn’t been affected much by COVID-19 but the Oise region has been the hardest-hit area. The death of 4 people in this country have destabilized it and people fear to go to work and school due to the Coronavirus. There have been measures put in place to try and prevent a more catastrophic turnout of events. For example, all public gatherings have been canceled like the half marathon that was supposed to take place this Sunday.
Also, schools, religious facilities, and many workplaces have been shut down to limit the level of exposure of people to this virus. All these efforts have come into play after realizing the severity of this epidemic in France. More than 200 cases have been reported and that number could have increased exponentially if the aforementioned steps went taken. Undoubtedly, this won’t do the economy any good but limiting France has done a good job in preventing this virus from being more widespread.
COVID-19 claims the first life in Spain
Spain has had one person added to their death toll due to the COVID-19 and it claimed that the man who died got the virus in Nepal. The COVID-19 virus affected Spain and the numbers have been growing alarmingly. Reported cases in this region in Europe are more than 190 but fortunately, it has been reported that the case that led to fatality didn’t infect anyone else.
The fatality got infected by this disease and it, later on, developed to pneumonia which claimed his life. Madrid has more than 70 cases and one that includes a young 4-year-old girl and her parents. The father got the virus from an infected zone in Northern Italy and then transmitted the disease to her wife and child. The Emergency Health Coordinator said that there hasn’t been a need to close schools despite another 2 cases that involve children.
Polish people suffer greatly from COVID-19
Danger is lurking in Poland since it announced its first Coronavirus outbreak, who had visited Germany and got infected there. The health minister mentioned that he is not elderly which puts his life at lesser risk but he has been the first case in this country. Additionally, almost 70 people are currently being tested for the COVID-19 to ensure that they are free from this virus and another 500 are currently in quarantine.
The confirmed case has been hospitalized in the western city of Zielona Gora. He manifested symptoms of COVID-19, such as high fever and the others of this deadly virus. The health minister reported that this man relatively had little contact with other people which means that he isn’t much of a risk of other cases being reported. The authorities are also quite confident that they won’t face a major outbreak that will infect many people or claim lives.
The standing of Russia with Coronavirus
Russia has 2 reported cases of COVID-19 on their land and a few of its citizens who got infected on a cruise ship. The 2 cases that occurred on Russian territory have been reported to have recovered the cruise ship COVID-19 patients have been quarantined. Vladimir Putin urged the authorities to release factually accurate information to prevent fake news from spreading that can destabilize the region.
There have been serious measures that Russia has taken to prevent a major outbreak, like closing the majority of entry points along the Chinese border. Russia has also banned Chinese citizens from making it into the country. Furthermore, all foreign nationals that don’t adhere to quarantine measures will be deported and that has started being in effect since 88 people have undergone this preventative procedure. Also, schools across Moscow have canceled large events and swimming lessons to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
German efforts to combat this virus
Germany has been one of the infected zones, with more than 150 cases reported. The Germans were faced with a puzzle at the beginning of this outbreak because the only key person that could help them was ill and was put on a respirator. In that way, he couldn’t help officials on where to start quarantines and testing people that have been in close proximity to him.
Before they knew it, the virus started to grow rapidly and reached numbers above 150. The country immediately mobilized a lot of government assets to try and trace the source of this outbreak. In the process, they identified more individuals that were affected and were given medical aid to try and stop or slow down the symptoms of the virus. The greatest concern has been individuals that have traveled to this country that could impose the risk of infecting others in their home countries.
Ireland also tests positive for COVID-19
COVID-19 has made its way right up to Ireland but although this country has only 2 cases reported, some citizens have started being uneasy. You can’t blame these citizens because this virus rapidly grows and reaches a lot of people in no time. Although that is true, Irish authorities don’t seem to be that much concerned about this virus. After the second case was reported, parents of children from Co Meath primary school received notification from the school that it was closed as a precaution.
The Department of Health said that there is no school that has been asked to close in connection to this second case. It has been reported that the second case originated from Northern Italy because the woman who was diagnosed with COVID-19 was returning from this country. That makes Italy one of the most dangerous zones in the world because it has infected people from other countries.
Effect of Coronavirus in Greece
The Greece Health Ministry has confirmed that the number of reported cases of Coronavirus has increased to 9. Authorities are working on discovering who the first case has been in contact with to ensure that they are clear from this virus. The head of the committee of experts on contagious diseases reported that the country is still in the first phase of COVID-19. That conclusion was reached after considering that there have been only sporadic cases that are travel-related that have been reported.
The government has been proactive, though, because they have already prepared for the second phase of this virus. Since the second phase is a community outbreak, they are working hard to prevent that outcome by closing down schools and canceling large gatherings. One iconic gathering that has been canceled is the traditional carnival celebrations and an amount of 30 schools have been closed down thus far.
COVID-19 makes its entry in Austria
On Sunday, March 1, the Austrian Ministry of Interior released an update on the state of COVID-19 in the country. The country got shocked when they discovered that this disease had an increase in reported cases from 9 to 14. These cases are also travel-related because it involves a traveling couple of German tourists. They are suspected of having got this virus in their home country and the condition worsened when they got to Austria.
Another woman who had just got back to Milan also started showing symptoms of this virus which suggests that he might have got infected while in Italy. The reported cases have been quarantined most of them at their homes and the traveling couple at the hotel room they were in. 8 of these cases are in Vienna, two in Lower Austria and Tyrol and one in Salzburg as well as Styria.
Belgium gets its first case of COVID-19
Ten new cases have been reported in Belgium and one of them involved a traveler that returned from a holiday in Northern Italy. Another case involved someone who didn’t travel but rather got the virus from someone who traveled to Venice. These cases have driven to numbers of those infected to 23, which is a number that grew alarmingly. The Belgian authorities are closely monitoring the situation and quarantined all reported cases.
The first face was reported in Brussels on February 4, 2020. Belgium had the first case of COVID-19 in agencies of the European Union after a staff member of the EDA tested positive for this virus. The Coronavirus patient also had been to Italy and started feeling sick later on. Unfortunately, the staff member had already been to a meeting and another individual who present also tested positive for Coronavirus.