A massive surge in Covid-19 cases across Europe has forced some of the largest economies on the continent to enforce strict social distancing rules to flatten the curve to slowdown infections. Europe is the new China, and with Italy and Spain on lockdowns, France is starting to close down restaurants, bars, and all nonessential shops.
The health crisis developing in Europe is happening across the continent's largest economies, including Germany, France, Italy, and Spain – had recorded nearly 44,000 total confirmed cases on Monday morning.
Twitter users in Europe have recorded pictures and videos of how the virus crisis has impacted their lives:
Reports of military convoys near the Belgian border with Holland.
This is apparently the Belgian border with Holland. Reports of massive build up of miltary across Europe, is there something aside from CoronaVirus we are not being told? Via@UnityNewsNet pic.twitter.com/UBVWRI632H— Corona Virus Chronicles (@coronadiarys) March 14, 2020
Anti-government protests in France continued over the weekend, despite virus lockdown orders.
Stupidity spreading faster than #CoronaVirus in #Europe 😀🤣— #CongressMuktBharat (@sagenaradamuni) March 15, 2020
Massive anti-government protests in #Paris #France over the weekend, defying #COVIDー19 lockdown#COVID19#YellowVests #GiletsJaunes pic.twitter.com/X1M3I8k4jL
In some parts of Paris on Sunday, the streets were empty and businesses were shuttered.
Similar scenes of shuttered cafes, quiet streets and empty stores played out across the #French capital after prime minister announced restrictions on French public life unprecedented in living memory. Places deemed non-essential are closed indefinitely from Sunday. #COVID19 pic.twitter.com/WF23DJ7Gqo— China News 中国新闻网 (@Echinanews) March 16, 2020
Germany has closed its border with France.
Germany has closed its border with France.— DW Europe (@dw_europe) March 16, 2020
DW’s Bernd Riegert reports from one crossing point where there’s plenty of skepticism about whether this will stop anything but traffic.
MORE INFO: ➡ https://t.co/6Gb6uJe1IW pic.twitter.com/6Hn9TPBrMu
Drone footage shows deserted highways in northern Italy.
Cities across Italy have morphed into ghost towns.
Social distancing rules being followed at one coffee shop in Italy.
The current situation at one hospital in Italy.
A doctor in #Italy: If you could see the situation here, forget about going out, you wouldn‘t even be able to put your head through the window. #coronavirus— Avrυpalı Türĸler 🇹🇷 (@Avrpli_Turkler) March 16, 2020
God bless you.. #StayTheFHome pic.twitter.com/Z8t9sqaHOA
Apparently a line stretching down the street at an Italian supermarket.
Hospital tent cities housing the sick in Italy as the hospital system is overloaded.
Police in Badajoz, Spain, driving around with loudspeakers telling people to stay off the streets.
Spanish police flying a drone and telling people to stay inside. This was also done in China.
Police in Spain have been using drones to check the streets for anyone ignoring Spanish orders to stay home during the coronavirus outbreak— BBC News (World) (@BBCWorld) March 15, 2020
On Saturday, the country's 47 million citizens were ordered to stay indoors except for necessary tripshttps://t.co/Yqcy5K9OLC pic.twitter.com/jmLlQfQYXc
Spain has lots of toilet paper on store shelves but lacks food.
Troops disinfect public places in Spain.
Most western countries are on similar Covid-19 trajectories - and without extreme social distancing such as mass quarantines - the curve will continue to be exponential and not flatten.
Everything that you just saw in Europe, lockdowns, ect... - well, it's coming to America in the weeks ahead. Prepare.