Chronicle of a virus | Euronews

Ehe new coronavirus outbreak begins in Wuhan in China. On December 31, 2019, the Chinese authorities alert the WHO of several cases of atypical pneumonia. The virus is still unknown.

It appears to have started at a live animal market in Wuhan. The market is closed, and as the number of cases increases, China imposes a tighter blockade.

That doesn’t stop the virus from spreading. In February, the pandemic hits Bergamo, in northern Italy. Hospitals are soon overwhelmed, funeral services and cemeteries are overwhelmed. In early March, Italy imposes a blockade on the Lombardy region. Then he expands it to the whole country. On March 11, the WHO declares the new Covid-19 virus a pandemic.

As infections increase in geometric progression, Europe is blocked. Life stops. The borders are closed. There are no precedents. Shops, bars, restaurants, cinemas, schools, are closed to stop the spread of the virus and prevent the collapse of the health system. More than 250 million people are confined to their homes.

On the other side of the Atlantic, Brazil is one of the most affected countries. Victims’ families and medical staff feel abandoned while the president Jair Bolsonaro underestimates the crisis and calls the virus “Little flu”.

His American counterpart, the President Donald Trump, states that Covid 19 will disappear very soon. The numbers tell a different story. Since the beginning of April there are 30,000 new infections a day. It tops the number of cases worldwide. There are few protections for toilets and medical personnel are ill-equipped for battle. New York becomes one of the epicenters of the health crisis.

In Europe, the first blockade was effective; countries are reopening but urging to respect social distancing and wear masks. With rising temperatures, fear of the virus recedes and many celebrate trips and vacations. But the virus is not on vacation

Contagious ones increase. European leaders are trying to avoid a second blockade to avoid an economic collapse. Curfews and local restrictions are not enough and, again, many countries impose a second partial blockade. Protests against the restrictions are growing across the continent.

By December 2020, almost one and a half million people would have died worldwide from coronavirus. The number of infections has exceeded sixty million.

An increase that only a vaccine can stop. The successes of the Covid-19 vaccine trials are promising, but it will take time to end the pandemic.