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World Health Organization warns USA could become coronavirus epicenter

Outbreak of the coronavirus disease, in the Manhattan borough of New York City U.S. could become next coronavirus epicenter WHO says Outbreak of the coronavirus disease, in the Manhattan borough of New York City
Deanna Wagner | 25 March, 2020, 19:02

Amid the rising coronavirus cases in the United States, the World Health Organization (WHO) spokesperson Margaret Harris on Tuesday (March 24) expressed fear that the U.S. could become the new epicentre of COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic.

While the life in China, where the COVID-19 had originated in December 2019 is slowly coming back to normalcy, the fatal COVID-19 has spread to over 190 countries and the United States has reported 54,881 confirmed cases of the virus and at least 782 fatalities.

The United States could become the global epicentre of the coronavirus pandemic, the World Health Organization said on Tuesday, as India announced a full 24-hour, nationwide lockdown in the world's second-most populous country.

World Health Organization spokeswoman Margaret Harris said there had been a "very large acceleration" in cases in the USA in recent days.

The WHO's Monday daily update showed European countries with 171,424 total infections and 8,743 deaths (up 1,318), while the United States reported a total of 31,573 infections and 402 fatalities (up 201).

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India has so far reported 482 confirmed cases of the coronavirus and nine deaths.

However, when it comes to number of cases, China still accounts for the largest number of cases that are about 81,588 but their infection rate has significantly slowed down due to the stringent implementation of lockdown. Sixty-nine deaths were confirmed on Tuesday, bringing the nation's death toll to 471.

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Spain experienced 4,517 new cases with 462 deaths on Tuesday, increasing its total to 33,089 cases and 2,182 deaths, according to the WHO.

The death rate of a disease is different from its mortality rate - the latter is the number of deaths out of the number of people in an at-risk population.

"I would love to have it opened by Easter (April 12)". According to the COVID Tracking Project - a testing-tracking resource from two journalists at the Atlantic and the founder of a medical data startup - the number of people tested in the USA nearly quadrupled during that time.

"Europe is still the centre of the pandemic, but there had been "a very large acceleration" in cases in the US", Harris said, as quoted by news agency ANI.

The provincial capital Wuhan, which has been in total lockdown since January 23, will see its travel restrictions lifted on April 8.