The president of European Fee stated Tuesday that Europe underestimated the coronavirus. 

Ursula von der Leyen advised the Bild newspaper in Germany, measures in opposition to the virus that used to sound draconian to the ears weeks in the past, proper now has develop into measures that have to be taken.

“I think we all, who are not experts, initially underestimated the coronavirus. But in the meantime it has also become clear that this is a virus that will keep us busy for a long time,” she stated, including you will need to respect curfew declarations by some EU members.

French President Emmanual Macron described the combat in opposition to the virus as a “war,” however von der Leyen stated, “I personally would not use the word, but I understand the motivation of the French president. Because the coronavirus is an uncanny opponent. We don’t see it, it has no color, it doesn’t taste. However, we notice that it is spreading at a frantic pace.”

The virus emerged in Wuhan, China final December, and has unfold to a minimum of 163 international locations and territories. The World Well being Group (WHO) has declared the outbreak a pandemic.

Out of over 197,000 confirmed instances, the demise toll now exceeds 7,900, whereas greater than 81,000 sufferers have recovered, in accordance with Worldometer, a web site that compiles new case numbers.

The present variety of lively instances is greater than 107,000 — 93% delicate and seven% in essential situation, in accordance with the web site.

The WHO has declared Europe the brand new epicenter of the virus.