Is it possible that the Earth’s citizens are returning to a time when harsh lockdown measures were enacted in response to a viral outbreak? According to a new study out of Belgium, the first ever documented case of a country putting in place a forced monkeypox quarantine has occurred.
After the country had hosted a huge gay pride event with up to 80,000 attendees, it introduced the mandatory quarantine.
“Those who are monkeypox-infected must stay in isolation for 21 days,” Standaard, a Dutch newspaper, stated on its translated English page. “Not high-risk contacts, but they’re still advised to keep an eye out for any symptoms. Virologist Marc Van Ranst wants to look into whether the virus is airborne.”
After individuals from all across the world learned of illnesses upon their return to their native countries, Belgium’s Gran Canaria pride festival attracted worldwide attention as a “superspreader” event.
“The Gran Canarian pride festival had 80,000 people from the United Kingdom and Europe, is being investigated after it was linked to a number of monkeypox infections in Madrid, Italy, and Tenerife,” according to The Daily Mail.
In addition, the Daily Mail article appears to be anticipating future problems with the monkeypox virus, with ‘health experts’ being called in to comment on the situation:
“What I’m most concerned about is the fact that there are illnesses all over Europe, so this has already spread,” Dr. Claire Dewsnap of the United Kingdom said. “It’s already circulating among the general public… It could be a lot of people for the next two or three weeks.”
“Maspalomas Pride is held from May 5 to May 15 and attracts people from all over Europe,” the story added. “Following the cases of monkeypox virus infection among persons who had attended the event, Canary Islands public health services are now looking for any link between the situations and the LGBT+ celebrations.”
According to Becker News, a medical source said that there are approximately 30 people infected with the disease in Madrid, Spain.
The World Health Organization said on Friday that monkeypox has been identified in 11 nations “that don’t usually have the illness.”
Meanwhile, a New York City resident was diagnosed with monkeypox virus in the United States on Friday.