Though President Donald Trump insists the US should soon be “open for business,” the World Health Organization has instead warned that the US could soon become the epicenter of the coronavirus pandemic.

A WHO spokeswoman, Margaret Harris, told a press conference in Geneva on Tuesday there had been a “very large acceleration” in US cases in recent days, according to Reuters. Harris said that in the past 24 hours, 85% of all new reported coronavirus cases had been in the US and Europe, with 40% of those in the US.

Trump against a national lockdown

Her assessment came after Trump insisted the US should soon be “open for business.” “America will, again, and soon, be open for business — very soon,” Trump told a White House coronavirus briefing on Monday.

The president is resisting calls to impose a national lockdown on the US, despite growing numbers of countries imposing strict restrictions on public movement.


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