The United States has overtaken China to have the highest number of coronavirus cases in the world.
COVID-19 began in China back in December last year (some scientists say that case zero appeared November but it hasn’t been yet confirmed), and it meant that China had to jump on social distancing, quarantine, and disinfection rather quickly. The Chinese even managed to build hospitals in just 5 days, and this led to the number of cases reaching a peak point before gradually declining.
China has officially recorded 81,340 cases of the virus at the moment of writing, while the U.S. has now reached more than 85,000.
With more than 17,000 reported cases in just one day, the U.S. is in the first place, while Italy is close behind China with 80,589 confirmed cases.
The World Health Organization has warned that America could very soon become the epicenter of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Margaret Harris, a spokesperson for the WHO, said at a press conference that authorities are concerned at the rapid increase in the number of cases in the U.S. She said we’re 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 noted.
Due to the high number of cases in Italy, Spain, Germany, France, and Switzerland, Europe was previously declared as the epicenter of the pandemic.
Much of the U.S. has been plunged into lockdown at the moment, and most non-essential services have been ordered to close or work from home where possible. U.S. citizens have been told to stay at home and only go out if it’s absolutely necessary.
Despite the number of infections rising at such a rapid rate, though, President Donald Trump is keen to get people back to work, and he has said that he’d love for self-isolation rules to be weakened by Easter.
Trump told Fox News that he would love to have the country opened up and just raring to go by Easter. He said that the Americans would have packed churches all over the country, and it will be a beautiful time.
His medical advisors, though, haven’t mentioned anything about opening the country back up anytime soon.