The United States is at risk of becoming the epicenter of the covid-19 pandemic, due to the rapid increase in the number of infected people in that country, particularly in New York City, the World Health Organization (WHO) warned today.
"We are witnessing a very rapid spread of cases in the USA," said WHO spokeswoman Margaret Harris today at a press conference in Geneva on the same day that US officials revealed that New York is see the number of confirmed cases double every three days.
The latest assessment of the situation in the United States, released earlier today by the WHO, shows that the number of people infected and dying from covid-19 has doubled in the last 24 hours, bringing the total number to 31,573 positive cases and 402 victims. mortal.
The acceleration of cases in the United States can be explained by better screening (which took time to complete) and the high rate of transmissions, before the implementation of the containment measures now in force.
“The contagion of each individual to two or three people, takes between three and five days. What we are seeing now is what happened three, four or five days ago, in several countries ”, said Margaret Harris, to explain the growth trend of the most recent figures.
"In the United States, a week ago, there were many transmissions," said the WHO spokeswoman, saying that the number of infected people in that country is expected to continue to grow in the coming days, making it the epicenter of the pandemic.
In Italy, the country most affected after China, the authorities are already seeing a decline in the number of cases of daily infection with covid-19.
In the United States, the state of New York is the most affected, with the number of cases doubling every three days, said the governor, Andrew Cuomo today. This state already has more than 25,000 confirmed cases, almost 10 times more than the number of cases in California, the second state most affected by the pandemic, in the USA.
With such a high rate of infection, the pandemic can reach its highest level within 14 to 21 days, earlier than expected, making it more difficult for health services to fight the disease.
The state government has already asked the federal government to reinforce fans (currently they have only 10,000 units), to equip hospitals in this state where almost 20 million people live.
The state of Florida saw the death toll from covid-19 rise to 18 and the number of infected people rise to nearly 1,000, prompting the governor, Ron DeSantis, to ask President Donald Trump to declare a state of "great disaster".
The governor asks the federal government to reinforce medical equipment, as well as additional funds to help fight unemployment, in the face of a deep economic crisis, claiming that the approximately 200 million euros allocated in the emergency plan will not be enough.
The new coronavirus, responsible for the covid-19 pandemic, has already infected more than 386,000 people worldwide, of whom about 17,000 have died.
After appearing in China in December, the outbreak spread worldwide, prompting the World Health Organization (WHO) to declare a pandemic situation. Several countries have adopted exceptional measures, including the quarantine regime and border closure.