America will become the epicenter of the coronavirus outbreak within 48 hours as confirmed cases are poised to overtake Italy and China.
Coronavirus cases in the U.S. have accelerated so fast – jumping by 18,000 cases on Thursday – the nation has overtaken China to officially become the epicentre of the Covid-19 outbreak.
The U.S. currently has 85,991 confirmed cases, according to John Hopkins University data. And the numbers are rising at more than 15,000 per day. Meanwhile, China’s cases have slowed to less than 100 daily.
New York hospitals overwhelmed
Reports from behind the scenes at New York’s major hospitals are concerning. One doctor, filming for the New York Times, said they were already at breaking point, storing dead bodies in a truck.
New York has emerged as the epicenter of America’s outbreak with nearly 40,000 confirmed cases in NYC alone. And medics are dying as they treat patients with insufficient protective clothing.
USA: the new epicenter of the coronavirus pandemic
Earlier this week, the World Health Organization warned that America may soon become the focus of this global outbreak.
We are now seeing a very large acceleration in cases in the U.S. So, it does have the potential [to become the global epicenter] – WHO spokeswoman Margaret Harris.
It happened perhaps sooner than she was expecting. In just a few short days since that statement, we’ve seen cases rise by tens of thousands. Although the government has been accused of acting too slow, we are now seeing mass testing and containment measures across the country.
This is just the beginning of the coronavirus spread…
While Trump aims to have the economy ‘raring to go’ and churches packed by Easter Sunday, the reality is quite different. Dr Craig Spencer at New York-Presbyterian hospital said there’s a long, painful journey ahead.
We’re really at the beginning of this outbreak … And you can feel that. You can sense that. It’s palpable on the front lines in the emergency department.
His comments align with New York governor Andrew Cuomo who said yesterday he expects a peak in around 21 days. In a not-so-subtle hint at Trump’s hopes of re-opening the economy, Dr. Tom Inglesby at John Hopkins University said the ramifications of doing so would be devastating.