The worldwide death toll from the coronavirus pandemic increased to almost 6,000 on March 15, with the total number of cases rising to more than 162,000, as governments around the world take unprecedented measures in response to the crisis.
As Italy has become the main center of the outbreak, more and more Europen countries employ additional meausres to contain the possible threat. For example, France said that it will shut most shops, restaurants and entertainment facilities from midnight on March 14 and urging people to stay home as much as possible. According to media, the Spanish government is going to announce a countrywide lockdown while declaring a two-week state of emergency to fight the sharp rise in coronavirus infections.
Meanwhile, The US extending the travel restrictions imposed on EU states to Britain and Ireland.
The World Health Organization (WHO) officially confirmed that Europe has now become the “epicentre” of the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19). At the same time, the sky-high death toll numbers (especially if one takes into account the number of death per a million of population) raise queestions even among WHO officials.
Commenting on the situation with the outbreak in Italy, where, according to more than 1,400 people died, Melita Vujnović noted that the reason of such a crisis in the country remains ‘unclear’.
“There, apparently, a lot of people fell ill right away, but it is not clear how studies are being conducted with experts at the moment. People might just not understand that they are sick, not know about the symptoms and where to go with them in addition, high mortality is observed among older people, also explains the indicated number of deaths in Italy,” Vujnovic said.
The general mortality from coronavirus stands at about 3% with older and very young people remain in the main group of risk.
Strange numbers reported from Italy have been repeatedly questioned by media and analysts. This may indicate that the hysteria over the outbreak is being increased artifically (by manipulations with numbers) or some forces in Europe is fueling the crisis in Italy itself intentionally.
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