An official of the World Health Organization (WHO) said the U.S could become the new epicenter of the coronavirus crisis as the total number of confirmed cases in the country soar.
“We are now seeing a very large acceleration in cases in the U.S. So, it does have that potential,” WHO spokeswoman Margaret Harris told reporters Tuesday when asked whether the U.S. could become the new epicenter, according to Reuters.
Over the past 24 hours, 85 percent of new cases were from Europe and the U.S., Harris said. Of those, 40 percent were in the U.S.
As of Tuesday morning, the United States has more than more than 50,200 confirmed cases with over 600 deaths, according to Johns Hopkins University data. New York State Monday saw an increase of more than 4,000 confirmed cases since Sunday, as the total number of cases is approaching 21,000, according to The New York Times.
Only China and Italy have recorded more cases than the U.S. China has tallied more than 81,500 cases with more than 3,200 deaths, while Italy has more than 69,000 confirmed cases with more than 6,000 deaths.
Worldwide, more than 395,000 cases have been confirmed with more than 17,000 deaths.
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