The United States, where the number of people infected by the new coronavirus explodes, could soon overtake Europe and become the epicenter of the pandemic, warned Tuesday the world health Organization (WHO).
The pandemic of Covid-19 was declared in December in China before spreading in Europe, now continent the most affected, but the progression of the disease in the United States could soon be the new epicenter, said Margaret Harris, a spokesperson for the WHO in a press conference.
“We are seeing a very strong acceleration in the number of cases in the United States, so it could be “. “We can’t say that this is already the case, but the possibility exists,” she insisted.
According to the latest daily report of the WHO published on Monday evening, the United States saw the number of people tested positive to the new coronavirus and deaths double in 24 h (31 573 cases of infection accumulated and 402 deaths).
In the same period, Europe has identified 20 of 131 new cases and 1318 deaths for a total of 171 424 cases and 8743 death.
The acceleration of the disease of the Covid-19 in the United States can be explained by a better detection and also reflects the high rate of transmissions prior to the implementation of the containment measures more stringent.
“The contagion by each individual of the two or three people takes three to five days. We, what we see is a product there are three, four or five days, in many countries “, according to Margaret Harris.
“In the United States, a week ago, there were many transmissions “, she stressed.
Although it is necessary to expect in the days to come to a considerable increase in the number of cases globally, the WHO said collecting ” positive signs very early in some european countries that have managed to convince the population to comply with the distancing physical, not to move “, has also indicated the spokesman of the organization.
For example in Italy, the most affected country after China, with 63 927 cases, according to the AFP, the health authorities have seen reductions of new infections and number of deaths.