As the number of coronavirus cases increases, so does the death toll. And today there has been some more upsetting news.
The Tokyo 2020 Olympics have been postponed.
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It's the news that we've been expecting for a long while now.
via: Getty ImagesWith the postponing of festivals, shows, and sporting events up and down the country, we can't say that this news comes as a surprise.
The COVID-19 crisis has been at the forefront of all aspects of our lives in recent weeks.
via: GettyThe deadly coronavirus, or COVID-19, as medical experts are referring to it, has taken our planet hostage, and is showing no signs of letting go anytime soon.
What exactly is COVID-19, and just how dangerous is it?
via: GettyAccording to the World Health Organization, COVID-19 is a new strain of coronaviruses that had not been previously been identified in humans.
The virus primarily affects the respiratory system.
via: GettyAnd common symptoms include fever, coughing, shortness of breath, and breathing difficulties.
But, in more severe cases...
via: GettyAnd in patients who are elderly and have existing health issues, the virus can lead to pneumonia, severe acute respiratory syndrome, kidney failure, and even death.
Cases have now passed the 300,000 mark.
via: GettyThere are now 341,816 to be precise. And, devastatingly, a staggering 14, 757 people have been reported to have died from the illness.
It's a dire situation.
via: GettyAnd many have been asking the same thing - Where did this virus actually come from?
Well, the virus is believed to have originated in Wuhan, China.
via: GettyOn December 31st, 2019, China alerted the World Health Organization of several flu-like cases in Wuhan.
And where did it come from?
via: GettyMany different theories have been proposed, but it is now widely believed to have originated from the sale of meat from wild animals, especially bats, where the virus has been discovered in the past.
And, despite infected people being quarantined...
via: GettyThe virus was alarmingly quick to spread, with cases being reported as far away as Thailand just one week later.
It only took a month for the World Health Organization to declare a global emergency...
via: GettyWhich was done in an attempt to combat the virus and enable countries to put in strict measures to prevent any further spread.
But these attempts were to little avail.
via: GettyBecause, fast forward 3 months, and nearly every major country in the world has been infected by the virus, with some of the worst affected being Japan, South Korea, Russia, Italy, Iran, and Spain.
World leaders have been left with little choice but to bring their countries to a total stand-still...
via: GettyAnd many have banned large and crowded events, and any travel to and from infected countries.
Italy has even gone into total lockdown...
via: GettyLeaving their streets completely deserted.
And it didn't take long for the virus to reach us here in the States.
via: GettyOur first case of COVID-19 was confirmed in Washington in late January after a citizen returned from a trip to China.
And, since then, the numbers have been rising at a frightening pace.
via: GettySince the first COVID-19 patient in Washington, there have been 9,464more confirmed cases across the country and 155 deaths.
Several cities have declared states of emergencies...
via: GettyAnd, on Friday, President Trump declared a national emergency to combat the coronavirus pandemic, freeing up $50 billion in federal funding and promising a screening website and drive-by tests.
His move came after the World Health Organization confirmed COVID-19 as a pandemic last week.
via: GettyFYI... A pandemic is a disease that is spreading in multiple countries around the world at the same time.
He also announced a temporary travel ban...
via: GettyWhich prohibits any travel between the United States and any European country, including the United Kingdom and Ireland.
Yep, things are getting pretty serious.And many people have been descending into mass hysteria over the risks the virus brings with it.
As death tolls rise...There has been some utterly horrifying sights, including one on the streets of Italy today.
Footage has surfaced from Bergamo...
I’m retweeting many people talking about Bergamo...about army trucks taking bodies out of the town to be cremated b… https://t.co/ocUPeLTMU0— angela soave (@angela soave)1584619744.0
It's a horrific sight.
via: TwitterAccording to Metro, an army spokesperson confirmed that fifteen trucks and fifty soldiers had been deployed to move bodies to neighboring areas.
And, last night, there were reportedly around seventy caskets in the trucks.
via: TwitterThey were transported from the crematorium to the highway and out of Bergamo.
You can watch the heartbreaking footage below. Warning: the clip may be upsetting for some viewers.
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So serious, in fact, that it's been decided that it isn't worth risking going ahead with the Olympics in July.
via: Getty Images'The Olympics should not be held in a situation people in the world can't enjoy," Kaori Yamaguchi, Japanese Olympic Committee board member, said. This is sad news, but the safest decision to make. Keep scrolling to read about all the celebrities who have been diagnosed with the virus, or are self-isolating..