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European Countries Continue to be Slammed by Global Pandemic

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By Shadress Denise

With each passing day, news of those infected and passing from COVID-19 increases. As first reports originated in Wuban, a city in the Hubei province of China—the coronavirus rapidly spread across the Asian continent—before racing through Europe and other countries.

The first wave of deaths came in China when the pandemic seized the lives of thousands of people in December 2019.

After which, it moved throughout the continent, infecting people in the Philippines, Vietnam, and other mainland countries. Once the whistle was blown on the virus, by Dr. Li Wenliang's, the world began to take notice.

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To date, the coronavirus has infected over 425,000 people across 170 countries. Nearly 110,000 have recovered from infection, while over 18,000 have died from the virus.

Like China, many European countries have been hit hard by the pandemic. However, Italy seems to be getting hit the hardest. On Wednesday, Italy’s reported cases have climbed to 74,000 people with over 7,500 deaths.

Although, the country has seen some of the worst cases to date, the recovery rate of over 9,000 has far exceeded the death toll thus far.

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Reports have shown that Italy has currently surpassed China in reported cases and deaths. As Italy continues to battle the global pandemic, spikes in reported cases continue to rise across the continent hitting countries like Spain, Iran and France hard.

In 24-hours, France has seen an increase in deaths, placing their toll at over one thousand. According to Fox News, France is the fifth country to exceed the death toll of over a thousand people, while the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases surged to at least 22,300.

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The last spike in deaths for the French country came after 240 deaths in one day were reported. Due to this on Tuesday, a government body dealing with the outbreak suggested the national lockdown imposed last week for an initial 15 days should last at least six weeks.

Yahoo News stated, Health Minister Olivier Veran stated in a briefing he could not determine at this stage when the lockdown would end. If the government were to follow the scientific council's advice, France would remain at a virtual standstill until April 28.

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Health officials state that the rise in deaths only accounts for people who died in public hospitals, whereas several retirement homes have been reporting deaths in the double digits.

President Macron ordered a field hospital built to help treat the increasing number of sick in Mulhouse, one of the epicenters of the country’s outbreak.

Soldiers from across the region have been called in to help build the temporary medical facilities using equipment designed to make medical centers in combat zones.

As of now, no end date to the country’s lockdown has been announced.

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