New York has recorded a total of 25,000 confirmed cases of coronavirus and at least 210 deaths, making it the hardest-hit state in the country.
The World Health Organization subsequently said on Tuesday that the United States has the potential to become the latest coronavirus epidemic epicenter.
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has demanded medical supplies, warning that COVID-19 is traveling faster than “a bullet train” in his state.
“The apex is higher than we thought and the apex is sooner than we thought,” Cuomo told BBC.
The new number of cases doubles every three days and doesn’t show any sign of slowing down, he said. The town was shut down with millions being told to stay home. In turn, schools and businesses were closed.
At the other hand, US President Donald Trump said he’ll soon call for the lockdown to be lifted from parts of the country. He was keen to prevent significant economic harm and said he would “opening up our country to business because our country was meant to be open”.
The announcement will be made next week when the strict social distancing duration of 15 days ends, he said.
America has reported a total of 41,000 confirmed virus infections, and so far 550 deaths.