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 rate of deaths in the world. 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.
It has been six weeks since Italy has implemented measures to contain the pandemic. Therefore, it is questioned why the country’s mortality rate seems to exceed those of other countries. According to experts, there are some reasons for this. For instance, consider the country’s large elderly population. It is more susceptible to the virus!
Furthermore, the way the government chose to test people is not giving the full picture of infections. Understand more about it below!
Understand how Italy and Spain are dealing with the coronavirus pandemic
There are doubts among some experts about the real effectiveness of the restrictions on controlling the progress of the pandemic in Italy. 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. For now, the restrictions look like they will remain. After all, the number of deaths has not stopped growing.
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.
If those who watched the game in person were not enough, many others watched the match from their own 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. The streets of Spain were full due to several demonstrations related to International Women’s Day on March 8. 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. Several Madrid residents have left the city. Possibly, they did this by avoiding the appearance of further restrictions.
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.