Wednesday, March 25, 2020

WHO Point to US as Potentially the Next Covid-19 Epicenter

Donald Trump had previously boasted Europe has more coronavirus cases than the US and even attempted to put the blame on European countries for not responding as quickly as he claimed the United States had. 

But on Tuesday, WHO said that a third of the newest coronavirus cases worldwide are in the US – and the country could become the next epicenter. 

A WHO spokesperson, Dr. Margaret Harris (left) was asked directly: "Do you see the United States going on to become the epicenter of this outbreak, overtaking Europe?" 

Her response: “We are now seeing a very large acceleration in cases in the US. So it does have that potential”. 

She added: “We cannot say that is the case yet, but it does have that potential”. 

And her assessment came after Donald Trump insisted on Monday that the US should soon be “open for business”. 

In the rest of the world, most of the 197 countries infected by Covid-19 don’t share the same views on the pandemic as Trump – hence, more countries are in lockdown and moving away from normalcy as they know it. 

In fact, on Tuesday, around one fifth of the world’s population was under some kind of order to stay inside their homes. 

And that’s because the pandemic is still unrelentingly unyielding:

Except perhaps China.

Today, the tight lockdown of China's Hubei province that was imposed to halt the spread of Covid-19 is lifted. The city of Wuhan in Hubei, where the outbreak started in late December, will remain locked down until April 08. 

[Note: China barred people from leaving or entering Wuhan starting January 23 and expanded it to most of the province in succeeding days]. 

All residents will, of course, still need the “Green Code” in order to travel. The code is a health classification designated by a monitoring system using the AliPay app. 

The lifting of travel orders follows an easing of lockdown restrictions in the province in recent days. On Monday, small groups of Wuhan residents were allowed to leave their residential compounds, going to shops and walking along the streets, for the first time in weeks. On the weekend, more than 1,000 workers from elsewhere in the province arrived on a train back to the city for work.

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