United States can become next epicentre of coronavirus crisis, WHO warns, citing ‘very large acceleration’ in infections

President Trump continued to play down the dangers of the coronavirus pandemic as experts warned of a worsening crisis: A World Health Organization official said Tuesday that “we are now seeing a very large acceleration” in U.S. coronavirus infections, adding that America has the potential to become the new epicentre of the global crisis.

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More than 46,000 coronavirus cases have been confirmed in the United States, although experts say the true number is much higher. On Monday, U.S. deaths surpassed 100 in a single day for the first time.

 

Here are some significant developments:

  • The Tokyo Olympics have been postponed until 2021.
  • Washington’s stalemate over a $2 trillion coronavirus stimulus packaged carried into Tuesday, with some signs of progress — even as Trump accused Democrats of trying to use the stimulus to pursue other legislative priorities.
  • China’s Hubei province, where the outbreak began, announced it would lift travel restrictions across the region except for the capital, Wuhan. In Beijing, new testing and quarantine requirements were issued for all overseas arrivals to stem the rising tide of imported cases.
  • A team of ear, nose and throat doctors said that losing your sense of smell may be a hidden symptom of the coronavirus. The British doctors warned that adults experiencing recent loss of their sense of smell could be unknown carriers of the virus and urged them to consider self-isolation.
  • Meanwhile, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced drastic new steps, bringing the country closer to the kind of lockdowns imposed in coronavirus-ravaged Spain and Italy. The death toll in Italy surged Monday to 6,077 — the highest in the world.


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