Published: Tue, March 24, 2020
Global News | By Blake Casey

US could become virus epicentre

US could become virus epicentre

The World Well being Group stated on Tuesday that the USA could become the worldwide epicentre of the coronavirus pandemic, which lastly compelled reluctant organisers to postpone the Tokyo 2020 Summer season Olympics.

World Health Organization spokeswoman Margaret Harris said in Geneva there had been a "very large acceleration" in coronavirus infections in the United States which had the potential of becoming the new epicentre.

Requested whether or not the United States could become the brand new epicentre, Harris stated: "We at the moment are seeing a really giant acceleration in instances within the U.S. So it does have that potential". "So it does have that potential".

WHO's dashboard on its website, which tends to lag countries' individual tallies, showed that Monday had by far the biggest daily rise in infections since the outbreak began in December, with more than 40 000 new cases. But the number of cases is doubling every three days, threatening to swamp the city's intensive care units in the weeks ahead, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said.

Healthcare workers screen people at a drive-thru COVID-19 testing site Friday, March 20, 2020, at the Doris Ison Health Center in Miami.

"This is going to get much worse before it gets better", New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said.

"We've seen in the last two days fewer new cases and deaths in Italy but it's very, very early days yet".

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However he repeats his threat that the government will look at "further measures" if people don't behave "responsibly". Free food deliveries will be organised for those stuck inside, as well as medications being brought to their homes.


After a call with International Olympic Committee (IOC) president Thomas Bach, Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said the July 24-Aug.

The WHO warning came just hours after U.S. Vice President Mike Pence applauded how the country was coming together, including mentioning the contributions from the business community, to take on coronavirus as it continues to spread and impair the country.

Her assessment came after President Trump insisted that the U.S. should soon be "open for business". The outbreak has killed more than 6,000 Italians - the highest death toll of any country, even China - and pushed the health system there to the breaking point.

Still, Harris said the scope of the global outbreak was "enormous" and that cases were expected to increase "considerably".

"I can not say this more strongly: we must stop all nonessential use of public transport now", London Mayor Sadiq Khan tweeted.

"The main drivers of the outbreak remain Europe, but also the US. We have no information whatsoever", said Esther Navarro, whose 97-year-old Alzheimer's-stricken mother is at a home in Madrid where coronavirus cases have been identified.

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