- The United States may soon become the global epicenter of the coronavirus pandemic, the World Health Organization warned.
- WHO spokeswoman Margaret Harris said there has been "a very large acceleration" in US cases in recent days.
- In the past 24 hours, 85% of all new coronavirus cases have been in the United States and Europe. So far, 553 people have died of COVID-19 in the United States.
- WHO comments came when Trump refused to impose a national ban and insisted that the United States soon be "open to business."
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The United States could soon become the global epicenter of the coronavirus pandemic, the World Health Organization warned on Tuesday when President Trump insisted that the country should soon be "open to business."
WHO spokeswoman Margaret Harris said at a press conference in Geneva on Tuesday that there had been "a very large acceleration" in the United States in recent days. according to Reuters.
Harris said that in the past 24 hours, 85% of all newly reported coronavirus cases have occurred in the United States and Europe, 40% only in the United States.
When asked whether the United States could become the "epicenter" of the crisis, she replied: "We are now seeing a very large acceleration in cases in the United States. So it has this potential.
She added, "We cannot say that this is the case, but it has this potential."
Her assessment came after President Trump insisted that the United States should soon be "open to business."
"America will be open for business again soon, very soon," said Trump told a coronavirus briefing in the White House on Monday.
The president is opposed to calls for the United States to be nationally blocked, although more and more countries are imposing strict restrictions on the public movement.
On Monday evening, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced a national ban preventing the public from leaving their homes for no material reason.