GENEVA: The World Health Organization said on Tuesday, the United States could become the global epicenter of the coronavirus pandemic, as India announced a full 24-hour, nationwide lockdown in the world’s second-most populous country.
India joined the ranks of Britain and other countries clamping down to hold back the virus as business activity collapsed from Japan to the United States at a record pace in March.
The highly contagious coronavirus has caused entire regions to be placed on lockdown.
“The global health crisis is rapidly morphing into a global recession, as there is a clear tension between preventing infections and ruining the economy,” said Edoardo Campanella, an economist at UniCredit Bank in Milan.
According to a Reuters tally, confirmed coronavirus cases around the world exceeded 377,000 across 194 countries and territories as of early Tuesday,and more than 16,500 of them fatal.
As of Monday, the virus had infected more than 42,000 people there, killing at least 559.