Written by By Alex Woznica, CNN
The number of people killed by the Covid-19 virus has doubled over the past month in a frightening statistic that has pushed Germany to declare an emergency.
The Southern Hemisphere’s “drought queen” is in crisis.
Just over a month after the virus, which is particularly lethal to young people, was found in 52 people in the region, 22 additional patients have been confirmed to have the disease.
Researchers at the Berlin-based Humboldt University Hospital have also isolated virus particles from families where they are contracted, leaving the chance that the infection could spread from person to person.
The latest death toll comes after Spain recorded 24 cases of the virus in five days at the beginning of March, while it was first confirmed in Russia at the beginning of February.
As yet, Britain has not seen the type of viral outbreak that saw its biggest outbreak of the 1918-19 Spanish flu in the 1940s.
Dr. Ted Pontious, a British public health expert, told CNN that once a child is infected, the virus “can be caught from several people, even those who aren’t showing symptoms,” Pontious said.
According to Dr. Pontious, the World Health Organization is not coordinating a global response for the Covid-19 outbreak, but is instead waiting for more clinical cases to occur.
Meanwhile, more than 7,000 volunteers are mobilized in Germany and Spain to test homes and businesses for the virus, with added scrutiny on primary schools. The national weather service, the meteorological institute ZUFA, is actively studying the weather patterns of the Southern Hemisphere, for clues to the virus.