Italy’s dramatic increase in coronavirus cases raised concern about what lies ahead for the United States when the World Health Organization warned that the United States could soon become the global epicenter of the pandemic.
The death toll in the United States rose to 628 on Tuesday while the number of infections rose to 50,075.
So far, Italy has suffered the most deadly outbreak of the pandemic worldwide with 6,820 deaths and 69,176 cases after China’s sudden overtaking, where the outbreak began in late December. In China 3,281 people died and there are 81,591 confirmed cases.
The United States, in third place in terms of fatal cases globally, is almost two weeks behind Italy and China in terms of an epidemic.
Italy and the United States are 12 days apart in terms of reporting the first coronavirus deaths – with the first death in Italy confirmed on February 20 and the United States on March 3.
The number of coronavirus-related deaths and cases in Italy is now showing signs of a potential decrease as the World Health Organization warns that the United States could soon become the global epicenter of the pandemic following a “great acceleration”
Italy and the United States are 12 days apart in terms of reporting the first coronavirus deaths – with the first death in Italy confirmed on February 20 and the United States on March 3. It is likely that the United States will soon outstrip Italy hit hard by the number of infections
Monday marked two weeks since Italy imposed a national blockade on March 9 in a desperate attempt to stop the spread. The country had also ordered its schools to close days earlier on March 4th.
There is currently no national blockade in the United States, but 17 states have issued home residence orders affecting approximately 187 million Americans.
It is likely that the United States will soon outperform Italy affected by the number of infections.
Health officials say the United States is also on track to overcome Chinese infections. Last week the United States has already reported more new daily coronavirus cases than China at the apparent peak of the epidemic there.
The authorities warned that the sooner it depends on how seriously the Americans take the restrictions imposed on them.
In New York, today one of the world’s largest viral hotspots, authorities rushed to install the thousands of hospital beds they will need in just weeks to protect the 8.4 million people in the city.
More than 12,000 people tested positive in the city and 125 died. A blockade at the state level entered into force on Sunday night.
In Italy, the death toll increased by 743 on Tuesday. The day before, the death toll was 602, which was the smallest increase for four days and raised hopes that the most aggressive pandemic phase could pass.
This graph shows the number of new cases per day in China (red) and the United States (blue), starting from the dates on which each country passed the 30 new case threshold. Last Thursday, the American number of new cases passed China’s peak
Those figures in Italy suggest a possible projection of the four-week peak – and not six weeks – for hotspots in the United States.
“Today is perhaps the first positive day we had in this difficult and very difficult month,” said Giulio Gallera, the main Italian health officer in the northern region of Lombardy.
“This is not the time to sing the victory, but we are starting to see the light at the end of the tunnel.”
Despite this, there has also been a significant drop in the number of tests carried out in Italy.
The head of the Italian national health institute, Silvio Brusaferro, said it is too early to say whether the recent decline in daily deaths and new cases will continue.
It comes when the World Health Organization revealed a grim prospect for the United States, saying Tuesday that the United States could quickly become the global epicenter of the coronavirus pandemic.
WHO spokeswoman Margaret Harris said there has been a “great acceleration” of infections in the United States.
In the previous 24 hours, 85% of new cases were in Europe and the United States, and of these, 40% were in the United States.
Asked if the United States could become the new epicenter, Harris said, “We are now seeing a very large acceleration in cases in the United States, so it has that potential.”
US state and local officials have denounced the lack of coordinated federal action, claiming that taking action on their own has put them in competition for supplies.
Health officials and leaders warned that the world was entering a critical period that would determine how deeply the coronavirus pandemic crossed their nations.
The warnings come a few hours after President Donald Trump has said he will reconsider the nation’s social removal policy in a matter of days and has promised that America will be opened “very soon”.
Top congressional and white house officials have yet to agree on a $ 2 trillion coronavirus rescue package, but say they expect to reach an agreement on Tuesday.
Trump announced on Monday a new set of policies to stem the spread of the coronavirus, which included closing restaurants and banning social gatherings with more than 10 people.
But he indicated that he supported a rapid return to normal life, citing the economic impact of all businesses closed due to the pandemic.
‘America will be open to trade again and soon. Very soon, “said the president at the White House coronavirus daily briefing.
‘Long before three or four months that someone was suggesting. Much earlier. We can’t let the cure be worse than the problem itself. We will not let the cure be worse than the problem.
ITALY: On Tuesday, patients undergo intensive care in Cremona, Italy
UNITED STATES: A registered nurse works to obtain swabs from a unit through the COVID-19 test station in Washington state on March 17
It arrives as the Chinese province of Hubei, where the coronavirus pandemic originated, will increase travel restrictions on people who leave the region when the epidemic subsides, but other regions will strengthen controls as new cases will double due to infections. imported.
The Hubei Health Commission announced that as of March 25, it would raise the sidewalks on outgoing travelers, provided they had a health clearance code.
The provincial capital Wuhan, where the virus first appeared and which has been in blockade since January 23, will have its travel restrictions lifted on April 8.
However, the risk of infections abroad appears to be on the rise, prompting more stringent screening and quarantine measures in major cities such as the capital Beijing.
China had 78 new cases on Monday, the National Health Commission said, a two-fold increase over Sunday. Of the new cases, 74 were imported infections, compared with 39 cases imported the day before.
The Chinese capital Beijing was the hardest hit, with a record 31 new imported cases, followed by southern Guangdong province with 14 and Shanghai’s financial center with nine. The total number of imported cases was 427 as of Monday.
Only four new cases were local broadcasts. One was in Wuhan, who hadn’t reported a new infection in five days.
Wuhan residents will soon be allowed to leave with a health monitoring code, a QR code, which will have the health status of a person linked to it.