A steep rise of confirmed cases of the novel Coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2) in patients across Europe and the world has been observed. A total of 69 countries across the world, of which 31 in Europe, have now reported cases of COVID-19, with over 3000 deaths globally. It is evident that the SARS-CoV-2 outbreak is an immediate public health threat to Europe. Therefore, the EU-funded Platform foR European Preparedness Against (Re-) emerging Epidemics (PREPARE) has decided to upgrade its response efforts to the SARS-CoV-2 epidemic to Outbreak Research Response Mode 3, the highest response mode.
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