“We are now seeing a very large acceleration” in coronavirus infections, a World Health Organisation official said on Tuesday.
The World Health Organisation has warned the US may be the next coronavirus epicentre and India has ordered the lockdown of 1.3 billion people as the world struggles to cope with the coronavirus pandemic.
Overnight, India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced the world's largest lockdown, confining the entire country to their homes to combat the spread of coronavirus.
Meanwhile, the US has been warned it could soon be the "new epicentre of the crisis", flagging a trajectory on course to eclipse Europe where strained hospitals are being stretched beyond breaking point.
A spokeswoman for the World Health Organisation says the 395,000 cases and 17,000 deaths globally from coronavirus are expected to increase "considerably" when new figures are published later today.
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Travel restrictions worldwide have left many stranded; a senior European Union diplomat says about 300,000 EU tourists around the world are struggling to get home.
America could be 'next epicentre', says WHO
"We are now seeing a very large acceleration" in coronavirus infections, a World Health Organization official said on Tuesday, stating that could become the new epicentre of the pandemic.
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo sounded his most dire warning yet about the coronavirus pandemic, saying the infection rate in New York is accelerating and the state could be as close as two weeks away from a crisis that projects 40,000 people in intensive care.
"We are not slowing it. And it is accelerating on its own," he said during a briefing in New York City.
"One of the forecasters said we were looking at a freight train coming across the country. We're now looking at a bullet train."
He demanded the federal government take dramatic action to send thousands of stockpiled ventilators immediately to his state first, saying the immense coronavirus caseload threatened catastrophe in days without it.
Mr Cuomo wants all of what he called a current federal stockpile of 20,000 ventilators to brace for the coming "apex" in cases in New York, which he says will arrive as soon as 14 days.
"We need the federal help, and we need the federal help now," Mr Cuomo said.
"New York is the canary in the coal mine. New York is going first – we have the highest and fastest rate of infection."
He says the rate of new infections is doubling about every three days.
While officials once thought the peak in New York would come in early May, they now say it could come in two to three weeks.
Such a surge would overwhelm hospitals, which now have just 3,000 intensive care unit beds statewide. There were nearly 26,000 positive cases in New York state with 210 deaths, according to figures from Johns Hopkins University.
India shuts down
Mr Modi warned that anyone going outside risked inviting the coronavirus inside their homes, and pledged US$2 billion to bolster the country's beleaguered health care system.
"To save India and every Indian, there will be a total ban on venturing out of your homes," Mr Modi said, adding that if the country failed to manage the next 21 days, it could be set back by 21 years.
India currently has 469 active cases, and has had 10 deaths. Officials have repeatedly insisted there is no evidence yet of communal spread but have conducted relatively scant testing for the disease.
The stay-at-home order puts nearly one-fifth of the world's population under lockdown.
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International and domestic flights have been banned, and the extensive passenger rail service suspended.
Essential service providers, including hospitals, police and media had been exempted from the stay-in-place orders, and many grocery stores and pharmacies remained open.
Spain's cases jump
Health authorities say Spain has registered a daily record increase of 6,584 new coronavirus infections Tuesday, bringing the overall total to 39,673.
The number of deaths also increased by more than 500 to 2,696.
The International Olympic Committee along with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and local organisers have decided that the Tokyo Games cannot go ahead as scheduled this year because of the coronavirus outbreak.
The IOC says the games will be held "not later than summer 2021" but they will still be called the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.
Italy looks for 90 million masks monthly as Germany takes patients
Italy is slashing through its notorious bureaucracy to quickly convert willing factories to production of masks to protect medical staff caring for coronavirus patients in the world's second-largest outbreak.
Domenico Arcuri, with a background in Italy's former state industrial conglomerate, says authorisation has been approved for 50 million euros (US$55 million) in state aid to convert production.
Tapped earlier this month by Italy's premier as special commissioner for the COVID-19 emergency, Arcuri told reporters on Tuesday that Italy needs more than 90 million masks each month.
Meanwhile, Germany's hardest-hit state of North Rhine-Westphalia will take in 10 COVID-19 patients from Italy, which has been struggling to treat all those sickened by the virus.
The move, announced by governor Armin Laschet, follows a decision by Germany's eastern state Saxony to treat eight patients from Italy. Three German states bordering France have also begun taking in French patients in small numbers.
Laschet says the patients would be airlifted to Germany by the Italian air force in the coming days. He told lawmakers in the regional parliament that "It's only a small drop. But we want to send a signal: you're not alone."
North Rhine-Westphalia, with a population of almost 18 million, has registered 8,745 cases of COVID-19 and 45 deaths – about a third of Germany's total.
Confusion in the UK
Confusion rippled through Britain on the first morning after Prime Minister Boris Johnson ordered a three-week halt to all nonessential activity to fight the spread of the new coronavirus.
The government has told most stores to close, banned gatherings of three or more people and said everyone apart from essential workers should leave home only to buy food and medicines or to exercise.
But photos showed crowded trains on some London subway lines Tuesday, amid confusion about who is still allowed to go to work.
London Mayor Sadiq Khan tweeted: "I cannot say this more strongly: we must stop all non-essential use of public transport now. Employers: please support your staff to work from home unless it's absolutely necessary. Ignoring these rules means more lives lost."
Meanwhile Britain's Treasury chief says a financial support package is being considered to help the 5 million self-employed during the coronavirus pandemic.
Rishi Sunak told lawmakers the Treasury has been looking at this issue "in intense detail." No timetable was offered.
Putin visits virus hospital
Russian President Vladimir Putin visited a Moscow hospital for coronavirus patients and wore a protective suit.
During a visit to the Kommunarka hospital on the outskirts of Moscow, Putin praised its doctors for high professionalism, saying they were working "like clockwork."
After a meeting with the hospital's chief doctor, Putin donned a yellow hazmat suit with a mask and went into the area where patients were treated.
Russia has registered 495 cases of the coronavirus and reported no deaths, which contrasts with the quick spread of contagion in Europe. Some experts say the low numbers could be attributed to a relatively slow pace of screening.
Public warnings broadcast in Greece
Greek police say patrol cars will be using loudspeakers to broadcast messages in 10 languages to notify people of the new strict restrictions on outdoor movement. (People are only allowed out for work that cannot work from home or to buy food, exercise or visit the doctor.)
The police say the broadcasts would be made in Greek, English, French, Arabic, Urdu, Hindi, Punjabi, Pashto, Farsi and Dari. The recorded message warns people to stay home and informs them they need identification documents and special permits to venture outside.
Cases climbing in South Africa and Indonesia
South Africa's coronavirus cases have leapt again to 554. It's the most of any country in Africa. Its 57 million people are rushing to prepare for a three-week lockdown that begins Thursday.
Across Africa, 43 of its 54 countries now have cases, with the total at 1,788. Thirteen countries have reported 58 deaths.
Indonesia reported its biggest daily jump of 107 new COVID-19 cases to bring the country's total to 686 on Tuesday, as some 125,000 rapid test kits have been distributed across the archipelago nation. The government also reported 55 deaths from the coronavirus.
You can find more information about the international coronavirus outbreak from the World Health Organisation and health.gov.au.
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