Possibly the first sign of relief.
By Richard Moorhead – 4/6/2020
Italy, Spain and France have reported declines in their daily death count from the coronavirus epidemic on Sunday, suggesting that the European nations most devastated by the disease may have turned the corner on the virus.
Italy’s report of 525 deaths on Sunday is the lowest that the country has reported incurring from the disease since March 19th. The country has reported a massive total death count of 15,889 lost, the highest in the world if one is to take China’s dubious coronavirus casualty and case statistics at face value.
The declines of daily deaths in the country has also occurred for three straight days, coming as a somber but real relief for a nation in which daily life has essentially been disrupted in unmatched fashion by the severity of the coronavirus outbreak. Italian police officers have fined more than 175,000 people for violating mandatory coronavirus stay-at-home. measures.
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France’s daily death total declined from 1,355 on Thursday, to 1,120 on Friday, to 1,053 on Saturday, to 518 recorded as of Sunday night, US Eastern Standard time.
Spain’s daily deaths declined from 850 on Friday, to 749 on Saturday, to to 694 on Sunday.
By no means do these modest declines in large and alarming daily death rates suggest that the coronavirus epidemic in Europe is being overcome. Diagnosed cases of the coronavirus continue to increase by the thousands every single day. However, the declines in deaths may speak towards the efficacy and necessity of social distancing measures more so than the lack of the disease’s severity.
In any case, the declines in daily deaths should be recognized with cautious optimism.
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