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WHO says US likely to be next coronavirus epicenter

The World Health Organization said today (March 24), the United States (US) is likely to become the next epicenter of the worst global health crisis the world has faced in decades.

WHO says U.S. likely to be next coronavirus epicenter
WHO says U.S. likely to be next coronavirus epicenter

Other countries around the world are taking tough measures to fight the spread of the virus. The latest to impose complete lockdowns the UK and India.

UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced a ban on public gathering. And, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced the shutting down of a country of 1.3 billion people for 21 days, in order to control the outbreak.

With the initial outbreak reported in China, one by countries around the world started reporting coronavirus cases. A lot of the countries took swift measure to control the outbreak, including shutting down borders and announcing a ban on public gathering.

Many regions around the world report complete breakdown in services and supply chains which jeopardizes lives and livelihoods of millions of people.

Europe was slow to respond to the pandemic. And today Italy, Germany and Spain are at the forefront of countries battling the out-of-control pandemic.

The United States too has been rather slow in responding to the emerging global health crisis.

In response, the U.S. Senate was expected to pass a US$ 2 trillion relief package to bail out the stock market and the bankers. However, the bill is yet to receive Senate nod as Democrats argue that this relief package is only meant to protect the rich and does not provide any benefits to the average American.

Meanwhile, global coronavirus cases crossed the 400,000 threshold yesterday with 17,500 deaths. The U.S. recorded the highest daily increase in the number of cases with over 5,600 cases, most of them reported in New York.

As of now the total cases reported in the U.S. are 49,371 with 616 deaths.

WHO spokesperson stressed that given this scenario it is quite possible that the U.S. can become the next epicenter of the coronavirus.

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