Almost two months after registering the first case of coronavirus in the United States, the country has already exceeded 50,000 cases and is on its way to becoming the new center of the pandemic.
In his real-time meter, John Hopkins University noted that the sad number had been reached by noon on Tuesday. At the close of this note, it indicated that 51,542 confirmed cases had been registered and that the number was increasing rapidly, particularly in the state of New York, which now totals 125 deaths.
"We are seeing a great acceleration of cases in the United States," said World Health Organization (WHO) spokeswoman Margaret Harris on Tuesday, who pointed out that this country could soon become the center of the pandemic. "It has the potential," she added.
As for the official figures offered by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), their report on Tuesday put the cases at 44,183 and the deaths at 544.
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These figures place the United States on a trajectory similar to that of Italy, the country with the highest number of deaths from COVID-19. So far, 6,820 deaths have been added in the European country, followed by China - where the initial pandemic outbreak was registered - with 3,160.
Despite the increase in cases and deaths, President Donald Trump indicated in an open forum on FOX News his desire to remove restrictions and closings "for Easter" in order to reduce the economic impact. "We will see the situation by then [in two weeks] and we will give it more time if necessary. [But] we have to open this country."
If you want to know the real time figures of the coronavirus pandemic, visit the Johns Hopkins counter. The CDC also offers a daily report.