The World Health Organization announced Tuesday that Europe and the United States are now considered the global epicenter of the COVID-19 pandemic 

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), Europe and the United States are now considered the global epicenter of the COVID-19 pandemic as of Tuesday, with 85% of new cases being reported in these regions. A spokesperson for the WHO, Dr. Margaret Harris, spoke at a press briefing at the WHO’s headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland about the threat of the Coronavirus in Europe: “the outbreak is accelerating very rapidly and the case numbers we received overnight will put that up considerably.” According to Dr. Anthony Fauci, one of the United States’ top infectious disease experts, the worst is yet to come for the outbreak in the US: “I can say we will see more cases and things will get worse than they are right now.” ~

As of Tuesday afternoon, the WHO has reported 408,913 worldwide cases of the Coronavirus and 18,259 deaths. China’s 81,171 reported cases lead internationally but is quickly being overtaken by Europe and the United States. Two of the European countries hit hardest by COVID-19 are Italy and Spain. Italy has been hit harder than any other country in the world other than China, with 69,176 confirmed cases, including 6,820 deaths, according to the WHO and John Hopkins University’s Coronavirus Resource Center. The country, however, has seen two straight days of decline in confirmed cases, a glimmer of hope for Italy in its efforts to “flatten the curve.” Spain, on the other hand, has seen 39,675 cases, 2,800 deaths, and just reported its highest daily increase in deaths since the Pandemic hit the country – 514 on Tuesday. Germany (32,781 cases), France (19,856 cases), and the United Kingdom (8,077 cases) have also been hit hard by the disease. On the American side, the US just reported 50,138 cases nationwide and 622 deaths, with New York State leading in confirmed cases at 20,800 as of Monday afternoon (WHO) – just over 5% of the world’s total cases. ~

Many European countries – including Italy, Spain, and most recently, the UK – are on a national lockdown in an attempt to combat the spread of COVID-19. Although the United States has yet to implement such orders, numerous states and communities have issued stay-at-home orders. ~

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