The US could be the next “virus epicenter” as India blocks and a global recession is emerging

GENEVA / NEW DELHI (Reuters) – The United States could become the global epicenter of the coronavirus pandemic, the World Health Organization said on Tuesday when India announced a complete 24-hour ban on the world’s second largest country.

India joined the ranks of the UK and other countries to hold the virus back when business collapsed from Japan to the US in record speed in March.

The highly contagious corona virus has resulted in entire regions being blocked. In some places, soldiers patrol the streets to keep consumers and workers at home, stop services and production, and break supply chains.

“The global health crisis is rapidly turning into a global recession as there is a clear tension between preventing infection and destroying the economy,” said Edoardo Campanella, economist at UniCredit Bank in Milan.

However, Wall Street rebounded from the three-year lows as investors put their hopes in the U.S. Senate, which passed a $ 2 trillion economic bill.

According to a Reuters record, coronavirus cases worldwide confirmed exceeded 377,000 in 194 countries and territories in early Tuesday, of which more than 16,500 were fatal.

In Geneva, WHO spokeswoman Margaret Harris said infections in the United States had increased significantly.

In the past 24 hours, 85 percent of new cases were in Europe and the United States and 40 percent in the United States.

By Monday, the virus had infected over 42,000 people there and killed at least 559 people.

When 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.”

Some U.S. state and local officials have found a lack of coordinated federal action, saying that the fact that the local authorities act independently has put them in competition for supplies.

President Donald Trump recognized the difficulty.

“The global market for face masks and ventilators is crazy. We’re helping states get equipment, but it’s not easy, ”he tweeted.

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi said Tuesday that the government would impose a nationwide ban for 21 days from midnight.

Health researchers have warned that more than a million people in India could be infected with the corona virus by mid-May, causing the government to stop all air and train travel, businesses, and schools.

On Tuesday, Modi, leader of the world’s greatest democracy, went even further and said no one was allowed to leave their homes.

“The only way to save ourselves from the corona virus is to stay at home, no matter what, we stay at home,” said Modi.

India has reported 482 confirmed coronavirus cases and nine deaths.

FILE PHOTO: A lone person walks in the rain on a largely deserted Times Square on March 23, 2020 after the outbreak of Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) in the Manhattan neighborhood of New York City, New York, USA. REUTERS / Carlo Allegri

OLYMPIC ORGANIZERS ENTER

The organizers of the Olympic Games and the Japanese government had hoped that the world’s greatest sporting event could take place, but eventually bowed to the inevitable to make Tokyo 2020 the latest and greatest victim of a devastated sports calendar.

After calling the President of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), Thomas Bach, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said from July 24th to August 24th. Event 9 should be postponed for summer 2021 at the latest – as evidence of the victory over the corona virus.

“President Bach said he was 100% in agreement.”

It was the first time in the 124-year history of the Olympic Games that they were postponed, even though they were canceled three times immediately during the two world wars of the 20th century.

Of the ten countries by number of cases, Italy reported the highest death rate at around 10%, which is at least partly due to the older population. The global mortality rate – the ratio of deaths to confirmed infections – is 4.3%, although national numbers can vary widely depending on the number of tests performed.

Britain, believed by experts to be about two weeks behind Italy in the outbreak cycle, began with unprecedented movement restrictions on Tuesday in peacetime after Prime Minister Boris Johnson ordered the country to stay at home.

The streets of the capital were quiet, as all but the main shops were closed and people only went to work when it was inevitable.

Johnson had resisted the pressure to impose a total ban even though other European countries had done so, but was forced to change direction as forecasts showed that the health system could be overwhelmed.

In the meantime, China’s Hubei Province, the original center of the outbreak, will stop curbing people leaving the area, but other regions will tighten controls as new cases of imported infections double,

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The provincial capital, Wuhan, which has been completely banned since January 23, will lift its travel restrictions on April 8.

However, the risk of overseas infections appears to be increasing, leading to stricter screening and quarantine measures in cities like the capital, Beijing.

Additional reporting by Emma Farge, Stephanie Nebehay, Karolos Grohmann, Leika Kihara, Sakura Murakami, Lusha Zhang, Huizhong Wu, Sanjeev Miglani and Nupur Anand; Writing by Nick Macfie; Edited by Jon Boyle and Angus MacSwan

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