In 20 countries of the European Union and the UK the first wave of the epidemic coronavirus has passed the peak. This is stated in the rapid risk assessment pandemic, published on 23 April on the website of the European centre for prevention and control of diseases (ECDC).
“Since April 8, the incidence in the EU and UK for 14 days decreased by 18%. It seems that in 20 EU countries the initial wave transmission [of mers] has passed its peak and the number of new registered cases has decreased,” – said in the report.
According to ECDC, to reduce the transfer helped the quarantine measures undertaken by European governments because of the lack of an effective remedy against COVID-19, in particular the policy of social and physical distancing.
“Despite the decline, [of the epidemic] cause great damage to society in both economic and social terms. Therefore, there is significant interest in determining a reasonable approach to the adjustment measures and the gradual abandonment of the policy of “stay home”. However, too rapid removal of measures without proper monitoring and reduce the burden on the health care system can lead to a sudden resumption of sustained transmission within communities”, – emphasized in the center.
Flash coronavirus infection COVID-19 began in late 2019 in Wuhan. In January – February 2020 first cases of infection with coronavirus have been confirmed outside of China, in late February – early March, the epidemic virus has spread to Europe and later the United States.
On the European continent the greatest number of infected people is registered in Spain (219,7 million), Italy (189,9 thousand), France (159,4 million), Germany (153.3 thousand) and the UK (of 139.2 million).
In connection with the quarantine imposed because of the epidemic, in many countries the closure of many factories, which caused massive economic crisis. According to IMF estimates, is the most serious crisis since the great depression.
The head of the European Central Bank Christine Lagarde said that the Eurozone recorded an “unprecedented economic decline”, whereas the prospects for its recovery remain uncertain.