Coronavirus pandemic: state of emergency in Slovakia and Hungary, Turkey postpones tourist season

Hungary and Slovakia have been imposing a state of emergency since March 12. France and the UK are preparing for the peak of the epidemic. Moreover, the US is closing air links with Europe. Meanwhile, in China, the incidence of COVID-19 is on the decline.

Over the past day, 15 new cases have been confirmed in China: six cases were imported, and eight more were registered in Hubei province, the epicenter of the disease. 1,318 people were treated and discharged from hospitals. 11 people died during the day.

The number of confirmed cases of coronavirus infection in mainland China has reached 80,793 people, of whom 62,793 have been treated and discharged from hospitals. 3,169 people died, and the national average death rate was 3.9%, according to the national health Commission of China.

According to WHO, there are more than 118 thousand cases in the world, and 114 countries are affected by the pandemic. More than 4 thousand people died from COVID-19.
In Italy, more than 2 thousand people were infected during the day. The total number of infected people, including those who were injured and recovered, reached 12,462. During the day, 196 people died, 827 since the beginning of the epidemic. On the eve of the country’s government announced a tightening of the quarantine: all public catering and trade are closed, except for grocery stores and pharmacies.

According to the French Ministry of health, over the past day, 15 people have become victims of the coronavirus in France (48 in total), the total number of infected increased by almost 500 and amounted to 2281. In the coming weeks, France is preparing for the peak of the coronavirus epidemic and is going to attract retired doctors to fight COVID-19.

In the UK on Wednesday, the number of confirmed cases of coronavirus infection reached 456, 8 people died. The country’s authorities are preparing for a sharp increase in the incidence. According to the chief health officer, in the worst-case scenario, 80% of the UK population can become infected with the coronavirus.

In Germany, the victims of the disease were 3 people, in total, more than 1.5 thousand cases of the disease were recorded.

All major museums and cultural centers, including the Prado Museum and the Reina Sofia Museum, will be closed indefinitely in the Spanish capital from March 12. In the country, according to the latest data, more than 2 thousand cases of infection were recorded, about 50 people died. The largest number of infected people is in Madrid.

The governments of Slovakia (7cases of COVID-19) and Hungary (9 cases) declared states of emergency. Hungary is closing educational institutions, imposing a ban on mass events, strict controls on the Austrian and Slovenian borders, and banning travel to Hungary from Italy, China, South Korea, and Iran. “The purpose of the emergency Declaration is to create conditions for taking the necessary measures to prevent and mitigate the consequences of a public health emergency caused by COVID-19 disease,” the Slovak government said in a statement.

The United States is closing air links with the countries of the Schengen area. Trump accused Europe of not taking the same drastic measures against tourists from China at the time. According to CNN, which refers to the Federal centers for disease control and prevention in the United States, the number of cases of infection with the new coronavirus in the United States has reached 1,237, 37 people have died.
The World Figure Skating Championships, which were scheduled to start in Canada on March 18, have been canceled due to a coronavirus.
The Turkish authorities suggested that hotels start the tourist season at the end of April, rather than in March. They promise to support the travel business, which will suffer losses because of this. The Ministry of the culture of the country has already announced the postponement of events in the field of culture and tourism in May. There is one case of COVID-19 infection in the country.

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