The World Health Organization (WHO) has warned on Tuesday, the United States has the potential to become the new epicentre of the coronavirus pandemic. The WHO made the declaration observing  a “very large acceleration” in infections there.

The pneumonia-like virus has infected over 42,000 people in the United States and the government  urged all the Americans to stay at home. WHO spokeswoman Margaret Harris while interacting with the media persons informed that out of the new  cases reported within the last 24 hours, 40 percent were from the United States. 

She was asked  by the reporters, whether the US could become the new epicenter of the disease. “We are now seeing a very large acceleration in cases in the U.S. So it does have that potential. We cannot say that is the case yet but it does have that potential,” she answered.

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

The global outbreak  by the pandemic is increasing rapidly. Over 334,981 people have  been infected by the highly contagious respiratory virus. The WHO reported, it has claimed more than 14,652 deaths so far. 

Since the outbreak started in December, the highest number of cases with more than 40,000, were recorded on Monday. Italy is the worst-hit  country in the world with the highest number of deaths. However, the number of fatalities have started to come  down. 

Asked about a potential tipping point in Italy, she said: “There is a glimmer of hope there. We’ve seen in the last two days fewer new cases and deaths in Italy but its very, very early days yet.”

On Tuesday, the number of coronavirus cases in South Africa rose to 554. From Thursday, the country will go under 21 days lockdown, an effort to control the  spread of the virus. “South Africa is doing what is needed, doing the testing and following the contacts,” she said.

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