U.S. Has Potential of Becoming Coronavirus Epicentre, Says WHO

The World Health Organization said on Tuesday it was seeing a “very large acceleration” in coronavirus infections in the United States which had the potential of becoming the new epicentre.

Over the past 24 hours, 85 percent of new cases were from Europe and the United States, WHO spokeswoman Margaret Harris told reporters. Of those, 40 percent were from the United States.

Asked whether the United States could become the new epicentre, Harris said: “We are now seeing a very large acceleration in cases in the U.S. So it does have that potential.

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

Overall, the global outbreak was accelerating very rapidly and she expected large increases in case numbers and deaths from the 334,981 cases and 14,510 deaths reported.

(Reporting by Emma Farge and Stephanie Nebehay; Writing by Nick Macfie; Editing by Alison Williams)

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  1. While millions of us are staying home , going out when only necessary and then only one in a family goes out, there are millions still doing what ever they want, these are the people causing this to spread while at the same time extending the time the rest of us are stuck at home. I am really beginning to resent these people. Even hospital staff are ignoring the situation, I know this for a fact. A woman from Spokane WA was hired by Libby hospital in MT, this woman and her husband are a public nuisance, party people, not the type of person who should be hired in a hospital. Even during this time these people continue to party , bringing their friends into our area, along with their drugs and alcohol. Not a good example to begin with but now they are a public hazard. They already put people at risk due to their drinking and drugs, now, you can include the risk of spreading the infection.