Published: Wed, March 25, 2020
Global News | By Blake Casey

The U.S. could become the next epicenter of the coronavirus outbreak

The U.S. could become the next epicenter of the coronavirus outbreak

The World Health Organization is warning that the United States could soon become the epicenter of the coronavirus pandemic after a "very large acceleration" in cases in recent days.

The World Health Organization reported that about a third of all new confirmed coronavirus cases were in the United States.

A delivery person rides their bike across 7th Avenue in a mostly deserted Times Square following the outbreak of Coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in the Manhattan borough of New York City, New York, U.S., March 23, 2020.

"They (the United States) have a very large outbreak and an outbreak that is increasing in intensity", Ms Harris added.

In spite of that, United States President Donald Trump has said that he wants the nation "open for business".

When broken down along partisan lines, Trump's performance was rated significantly better among Republicans (89 percent) and independents (48 percent) than Democrats, only 19 percent of whom thought the president was doing a good job.

According to data collected by Johns Hopkins University, the United States has reported 802 coronavirus-related deaths so far, with 192 deaths in New York City alone.

One chart compares death rates in 10 countries that have confirmed deaths and more than 5,000 cases.

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Health researchers have warned that more than a million people in India could be infected with the coronavirus by mid-May, prompting the government to shut down all air and train travel, businesses and schools.

Spain's armed forces on Tuesday asked North Atlantic Treaty Organisation for humanitarian assistance to fight the novel coronavirus as the national death toll touched 2,700 and infections soared towards 40,000 in the country.

The total number of coronavirus cases in the country also crossed 55,000, out of which, only 354 have recovered.

"I would love to have it opened by Easter (April 12)".

"Each individual infecting two to three other people takes about three to five days, so we're seeing what happened three or four days ago, or five days ago in many countries", Harris explained.

Asked if the United States could become the "epicentre" of the crisis, she replied "We are now seeing a very large acceleration in cases in the U.S. So it does have that potential". The US, by contrast, has a death rate of 1.2%.

Iran has the fourth highest official death toll from the coronavirus after Italy, China and Spain but, unlike those countries, it has yet to impose any lockdown on its citizens.

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