In December 2019, cases of pneumonia of unknown cause begin to be registered in the Chinese city of Wuhan . Just a month later, in January 2020, the World Health Organization (WHO) confirms that it is a new type of coronavirus called COVID-19 , whose expansion around the world threatens to become a pandemic . The spread of the virus today reaches more than 40 countries and those affected exceed 80,000 people, most of them in China, where there have been more than 2,700 deaths.
The epidemic spreads to the countries of Southwest Asia, and Thailand is the first country after China to register a positive for coronavirus . A week later, cases begin to be registered in the US, Europe and the Middle East.
CORONAVIRUS IN SPAIN
In Spain the first case was confirmed on February 1 in La Gomera and the second on February 10 in Palma de Mallorca; two cases already discharged. At February 26, 2020, the number of infected people rises to 10: two in Madrid, two in Catalonia, four in Tenerife, one in Castellón and one in Seville.
The disease spreads very quickly compared to other recent pandemics such as influenza A, which, between 2009 and 2010, reached 35,000 affected. In the case of the coronavirus, despite having a high spread rate, its mortality rate would be below 3% in China, and in the West, below 1%.
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