Here are the latest counts from Western Europe from the John Hopkins data:
Western Europe totals 19,253 cases versus 19,313 in China. The Europeans will pass China today or tomorrow. German Chancellor Angela Merkel warned that 60-70% of the country's population could contract the virus.
It doesn't appear that any of the Europeans are taking the aggressive actions that China, Korea and Japan used to successfully contain the problem such as drive-thru testing and quarantines which left city streets deserted.
Italy has locked the country down but at a level 16x worse than when the Chinese put Wuhan on lockdown. This problem isn't going away and when Europe takes action, it will need to be draconian in terms of keeping people in their homes for at least two weeks. When will they start taking action? The stock market is reacting swiftly and this is unlikely the bottom as the news out of Europe and the US continues to worsen.
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