Champions League football, crowded events and cafe culture are the factors that make Spain a hot spot for the Covid-19 pandemic.
The total number of Covid-19 infections worldwide has exceeded 1.2 million and more than 69,500 died. Corona virus is spreading at an extremely rapid rate in Europe and the US, analysts said that open culture and free lifestyle are one of the factors that make the virus spread throughout Europe, from one country to another. , from city to city, from Italy to Spain and Portugal, CNN said.
The virulence and death degree of corona virus is combined by the fact that the symptoms take several days to appear. Besides, a series of government mistakes, when they chased its influence, before realizing the fact that only social blockade and isolation can prevent the virus tidal wave.
The “virus festival”
As of April 6, Spain recorded more than 131,000 positive cases for Covid-19, with 12,641 deaths, according to Health Ministry data. Spain has surpassed Italy in the number of infections and second only to the United States.
Why is Spain so contagious? Analysts turned back more than a month ago to understand the problem.
On February 19, nearly 3,000 Valencia football fans traveled from Spain to Milan, Italy to watch a football match against Italy’s Atalanta team in the Champions League. 40,000 Italians came to the stadium to cheer on the team, many of them from Bergamo and nearby towns, where the outbreak in Italy.
“Milan was very busy that night. Besides tens of thousands of fans in the football field, thousands of other people gathered to watch live TV from bars, restaurants, and watch groups in families. It was clear that night was an opportunity for the virus to spread strongly, ”said Giorgio Gori, mayor of Bergamo.
Immunology researcher Francesco Le Foche shared the same opinion, sharing with Corriere dello Sport, saying: “There may be some other factors, but the match between Valencia and Atalanta is one of the reasons the virus spread. spread. It was crazy to organize the ball game, but at that time everything was not really clear.
Two days later in the town of Codogno, about 60 km from Bergamo, a 38-year-old man called “patient number 1” was diagnosed with Covid-19. But according to a study reported by 20 Italian experts, by the time the first positive case was confirmed, the virus had been spreading in the community for a long time.
“By the time the first Covid-19 case was discovered, the disease had spread to most urban areas in southern Lombardy,” the report said.
After examining nearly 6,000 cases of Covid-19 infection, the researchers found that 39 patients in the Bologna area, Italy’s epidemic, were infected by the virus on February 19, before they were confirmed positive. calculated with the epidemic.
The researchers noted that in the following week, the Codogno region as well as some nearby Lombardy towns experienced a very rapid increase in the number of cases. The research was published in the journal Nature on March 27.
At that time, the guests from Valencia returned home. One of them is sports journalist Kike Mateu, he told CNN that four days after returning home, he suffers from them and has trouble breathing. “A few days later I decided to go to the hospital when there was an outbreak in Bologna,” journalist Mateu said.
Mateu infected 4 colleagues and the Valencia football club then confirmed more than one-third of the players and coaching staff were positive for Covid-19.
On February 27, a spokesman for the Valencia regional health department confirmed to CNN that six new cases had been discovered in the city. Three days later, a Portuguese man visiting Valencia who was found positive for the following virus returned home.
During the first week of March, the Spanish Ministry of Health ordered sporting events to be without an audience, including the second leg between Valencia and Atalanta. But in other aspects of life in Spain, it goes on as usual.
The bar and cafe are still open. The warmer weather drew Spanish people to public places. The March 8 Women’s International rally drew tens of thousands of people into the streets across Spain, including a crowd of more than 120,000 people in Madrid.
The two female cabinet ministers who attended the event later became positive for the virus, though they did not know how it was infected. Opposition parties have criticized the government for allowing the event to take place.
In mid-March, the Spanish government turned to what Health Minister Salvador Illa called “containment prevention.” The main measure was to close schools in Madrid since March 11, but that did not work as expected.
Hundreds of thousands of students enjoyed a surprise holiday. Many people are starting to leave the capital, perhaps they anticipate more stringent restrictions. Roads became crowded when Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez, on March 13, announced a state of alarm. But its details were kept for the next cabinet meeting.
But just before Spain’s national blockade, the local government in Murcia, Valencia closed the beaches and warned people from Madrid not to come to their homes on the beach.
The overall response appears to be sporadic and complicated by the usual competition between central government and local areas, especially in Catalonia. Spain is certainly not alone in competing to keep up the influence of the corona virus.
Prime Minister Sanchez’s government admitted: “We can understand that right now all measures seem to be inadequate, but just a week ago, it seemed to have been exaggerated. Limiting freedom is something a democratic government can only do when it is truly needed. Spain is still obsessed with the rule of dictator Francisco Franco and his iron fist rule in Madrid. ”
On March 26, Health Minister Salvador Illa talked about the “stability period”, in the trend of new infections. That hope was echoed by Fernando Simon, director of the Spanish Emergency Center.
Even if the prediction is correct, the stress on the health system, which the Spanish people will be proud to continue for many weeks to come. Thousands of health workers were infected.
A 2-week national blockade will worsen economic losses. The Spanish government is demanding stronger action from the European Union to fund the economy.
And the people’s reaction to the government has begun. A lawyer in Madrid has sued the government for allowing the March 8 rally. Journalist Mateu is recovering in Valencia as one of the thousands of Spaniards who are angry with the government.
“Instead of isolating people, the government has invited people to go out and this is a huge irresponsibility,” journalist Mateu said.