The Coronavirus updates in Europe
The virus continues to wreak havoc on Europe where several countries have announced nationwide lockdowns. The coronavirus has been especially hard on Italians where the number of positive cases is nearing 65,000. There have been 5,825 deaths due to COVID-19 in Italy.
The Italian government issued a nationwide lockdown for all citizens on March 12. It was to extend until March 25, but it now appears that it will be extended. The Italian prime minister says this could be the worst crisis the country has faced since World War II.
Spanish prime minister Pedro Sanchez asked parliament to issue a state of emergency, which began on March 14. It is likely parliament will vote to extend the emergency another 15 days until April 11 after Spain’s death toll rose by nearly 400 to more than 1,700.
It is reported that Spain had confirmed 30,572 cases of the virus as of Monday morning. The country’s health system is under extreme pressure and hasn’t seen anything like this since World War II.
One country that many are watching is Germany where the number of positive tests for the virus continues to rise, but the number of deaths is relatively small. The German government reports over 29,565 cases but just 84 deaths. The ratio could be related to the Germans testing, which is reported to average 160,000 per week. It may also be due to the nearly draconian measures the government has taken in closing down the country.
With over 9,900 deaths reported across Europe, the European Commission voted to use the “general escape clause” which lifts spending rules and will allow countries to run large deficits in order to combat the coronavirus.
Despite its best efforts, the virus continues to grow exponentially. In Germany for example, the Robert Koch Institute reported 15,000 new cases on Friday, March 20. The number of new cases is doubling almost every three days. If that continues in Germany and throughout Europe, the coronavirus could overwhelm the continent.
Inactive Cases and Deaths by Country, Territory in Europe Full List Below
|Countries in Europe||Cases||Deaths||Recovered||Source|
|The United Kingdom||5,702||282||140|
|Republic of Moldova||94||1||2|