By:Nadeemy Haded

Europe is in amazement, and questions are accelerating. What happens to the health systems on the continent? And how did the immune walls of the emerging corona virus collapse so that most European countries became "exposed" to the deadly disease?

The shocking announcement to the Europeans came from the World Health Organization, which said Friday that Europe is now the epicenter of the epidemic, with more cases and deaths recorded than the rest of the entire world, except for China, where the virus began late last year.

Several European countries have announced a sharp increase in the number of new infections with the Corona virus, and in the number of deaths as well.

And Spain became the worst affected after Italy, where it announced an increase in the number of cases of coronavirus in the country to 8744, while deaths increased to 297.

Italy, the most affected country in Europe, reported 24,747 cases and 1,809 deaths. France recorded 127 deaths, while the number of cases reached 5400, and in Germany it recorded more than two thousand cases.

In Britain, a senior health official suggested this week that the number of people affected would be between 5,000 and 10,000.

In response to the rapid spread of the virus, checks are being conducted on the borders between European countries.

Perhaps the culture of gatherings and underestimating the danger of the virus was one of the main reasons that made Europe an easy focus for the new outbreak. Last week, about 120,000 people went out in the Spanish capital, Madrid, to celebrate International Women's Day.

Close to 60,000 fans gathered in Madrid's biggest football stadiums, and 9,000 supporters of Fox, Spain's third largest party, gathered in a previous bullfighting circuit.

The terrible gatherings that Spain witnessed last week are nothing more than a repeat of the experience of the northern Italian region from which the disease spread, and perhaps Britain will follow them because of the actions of the Boris Johnson government, which was criticized by many, and did not include banning the gatherings until now.

Walter Ricciardi, one of Italy's leading health experts, was quoted by the New York Times as saying that "these large gatherings provide a service to the virus, rather than block it."

What aggravates these groupings is the policy of open borders between the European Union countries and the ease of movement of its citizens and residents, and the intensity of movement between European countries is related to the ease of movement within the countries of the continent in public transport, especially non-sterilized trains.

Although the World Health Organization announced the Corona virus last Thursday, and it has become globally destructive, many European countries are very late in taking precautions.

Spain, for example, imposed restrictions on the movement of its citizens, last Saturday, as the European Union hesitated to take serious decisions regarding the open border policy between its countries.

Among the other reasons that contributed to the exacerbation of the Corona crisis in Europe is the insufficiency of face masks, as well as the beds in hospitals, in front of the huge number of patients, despite the praise of the public health system in Spain.

It seems that the good health systems that characterize European countries have turned against them in this crisis. Some elderly people who enjoy a good life thanks to the distinguished health care provided to them added a huge number of deaths from the Corona virus that targets them in the first place.

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