When something unpleasant happens in the world a natural calamity, a terrorist attack, or, as now, the possible start of a coronavirus pandemic. Our instinct is to cocoon only. Stock the fridge and kitchen racks, batten the proverbial hatches, lay low. And international travel plummets.
Such is the case with COVID-19. China was, of course, confirmed an essentially no-go zone a few weeks ago, stamped with a high alert level 3 by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). But now the warnings have highly spread, notably to Italy, Iran, and South Korea, which are all now on the list of places that Americans should highly ignore for nonessential travel.
The number of COVID-19 infected people in Italy rose between to 1,576 over the weekend, and about 34 people there have died as of Sunday night.
Places like Romania, Denmark, and Spain have reported infections linked to Italy; 11 towns in Italy’s north have been quarantined, and travelers returning to the United States from northern Italy are being told to self-quarantine at home for 14 to 15 days.
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So, what about those European trips and spring breaks and semesters abroad elsewhere in Europe already prepared, booked, and bought? France is the world’s most-visited country among all, had 38 confirmed cases of COVID-19 on Friday, and 100 as of Sunday night; in Germany, the number of infected people almost doubled to 129 on Sunday. The UK has 16, and the first cases have been confirmed in the Netherlands, Scotland, and the Czech Republic.
Check out the facts:
Except for the country Italy, every other EU/EEA member country has reported COVID-19 cases under 2000. When compared with the globally reported cases, this is just 2%. Hence, it may still not be right to panic. Wide variety of countries that have reported fewest number of cases in the EU/EEA include:
- The Czech Republic
Out of the 114 people who have expired due to COVID-19, 107 were from Italy.
Lots of preventive measures are widely announced in the European Union. These highly include activating the Civil Protection Mechanism. The member states of the EU are urged to connect more in the efforts to battle the disease by sharing COVID-19 related data.
The border security checks that were in place are now been tightened. The airports are giving away all the information on the virus and ways to prevent it. To top these up, the health workers are checking out travelers for any possible symptoms of this virus. Symptoms of coronavirus such as fever and cough are diagnosed thoroughly.