The head of the World Health Organisation has confirmed that Europe is now the epicenter of the global coronavirus pandemic. Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus encouraged countries to take drastic action, educate the population and separate themselves in society to help save lives. He stated,
Do not just let this fire burn.”
He focused on the sharp rise in infections and deaths reported to many European countries. The highest daily toll still reported in Italy. During the last 24 hours there have been 250 deaths, with a total of 1,266, and a total of 17,660 infections.
After Italy, Spain, the hardest hit in Europe, posted a 50% rise in mortality on Friday to 120. There has been a rise to 4,231 infections. Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez said that on Saturday, a two-week warning situation would take effect.
In addition to the accelerated dissemination of the virus, measures are now ongoing at a growing number of borders in Europe. According to the WHO in 123 countries all over the world, more than 132,500 individuals have been infected with Covid-19.
Around 5,000 deaths have been reported, Dr. Tedros described this number as a “tragedy milestone.” He also stated,
Europe has now become the epicentre of the pandemic, with more reported cases and deaths than the rest of the world combined, apart from China. More cases are now being reported every day than were reported in China at the height of its epidemic.”
France has reported 2,876 cases and 79 deaths in addition to the rise in Spain and Italy, up from 61 deaths on Thursdays. There were 3,062 cases and 5 deaths in Germany. In the United Kingdom, 798 infections were confirmed and 11 deaths were reported.
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31 March, 2020