Italy and Spain

13 Apr 2020

Italy and Spain became the new epicenter of deaths in the coronavirus pandemic


Italy’s death toll is now the highest in the world at 11,591. With more than  101,739 confirmed cases (30-03), Italy appears to have the highest death rate on the planet. Compared to China, Italy and Spain now are the epicenter of deaths in the coronavirus pandemic. This is because of the fact that they have a slightly bigger number of confirmed cases. 

As Italy enters its sixth week of restrictions, many are asking: why does its death rate seem so much higher than in other countries? Experts say it’s down to a combination of factors. For instance, consider the country’s large elderly population. It is more susceptible to the virus! Besides, the method of testing is not giving the full picture of infections. Understand more about it below!

Italy and Spain
Discover why people are dying in Italy and Spain. (Source: Bangkok Post)

Understand how Italy and Spain are dealing with the coronavirus pandemic


Some experts have questioned whether Italy’s restrictions have gone far enough in halting the virus spread. Nowadays, Italians face steep fines of up to 3,000 euros for defying government orders. They are allowed to go outside just for buying essential items like food. With the death toll continuing to rise, Italy’s restrictions don’t look like easing up any time soon.

In Spain, more than 7,300 people have died since the coronavirus outbreak exploded. The country has more than 85,100 active cases of the virus, according to recent figures from the ministry of health. The spread of the virus is credited to nearly 3,000 Valencia football fans. They traveled from Spain to Milan to watch their team play in a European Champions League game.

Besides those who attended the game, others watched it from their homes. They did it with their families, in groups, at the bar. It is clear that that evening was an opportunity for a strong spread of the virus. Even Valencia football club would later report that more than a third of their players and coaching staff had tested positive for the virus. Thus, it seems that it doesn’t take many days for Spain to become an epicenter of deaths in the coronavirus pandemic.



Life in Spain went on pretty much as normal. Bars and cafes were open. Rallies for International Women’s Day on March 8 brought tens of thousands onto the streets across Spain. The estimates suggest that there were about 120,000 women marching in Madrid. Opposition parties were right in criticizing the government for allowing those events to go ahead.

The main measure Spain took was closing schools and universities in Madrid from March 11. However, this did not seem to have the intended effect. Hundreds of thousands of students did not understand the measure as preventive. So, they just enjoyed having a sudden and unexpected holiday. Many Madrilenos left the capital, perhaps anticipating stricter measures.

Restrictive actions have been taken by the governments of Italy and Spain to contain the spread of the coronavirus. Many other countries have anticipated and adopted similar decisions to prevent them from being the new epicenter of deaths in the coronavirus pandemic.