US, WASHINGTON (NEWS OBSERVATORY) — The representative of the World Health Organization (WHO) in Russia, Melita Vujnovich, explained the high number of deaths in Italy from a disease caused by a new type of coronavirus, that such an epidemic cannot be recognized in a timely manner, reports Russian RBC.
“There, apparently, a lot of people fell ill right away, but it is not clear how studies are being conducted with experts at the moment,” said Vujnović, commenting on the situation with the outbreak of a new type of coronavirus in Italy.
“People simply could not understand that they are sick, not know about the symptoms and where to go with them.”
In addition, a high mortality rate is observed in elderly people, which also explains the indicated number of deaths in Italy, Vujnovic added.
The representative of WHO stated that it was not yet possible to talk about reaching a peak in the spread of coronavirus in the Italian Republic.
The first local outbreak of coronavirus in Italy was detected on February 21. According to the latest data, in the country more than 1.4 thousand people became victims of the virus-caused disease and its side effects. To date, more than 17.7 thousand people have been infected in the republic, more than 21.1 thousand cases of infection have been identified since the outbreak.
There is quarantine throughout the country, the movement of the population without good reason is prohibited, all educational institutions, shops (except grocery and drug stores), restaurants and bars, sports and entertainment facilities are closed, tourists are not allowed.
March 11, WHO recognized the spread of coronavirus, infections of which have been recorded in more than 120 countries, as a pandemic.
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