Coronavirus: a week in the life of a global epidemic

As Covid-19 spread across Europe last week, including to the North via Dublin, governments sought to control the outbreaks, panicked citizens stockpiled goods and the world’s stock markets crashed

Aaron Rogan

News Correspondent @aarrogan
1st March, 2020
More than 78,824 of the 83,704 people infected so far, and 2,700 of the 2,800 deaths related to the virus to date, have been in China.

As the search began for Italy’s coronavirus “Patient Zero” last week, panic set in across the Mediterranean country. Finding the source of the outbreak would help authorities understand how the virus was spreading and assist efforts to address it.

A 38-year-old man, who had visited a hospital in Codogno where a woman later died from the virus and whose colleague had been in China in January, was initially identified –...

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