25 March 2020
With the World Health Organization saying on Tuesday the United States has the potential to become the new epicenter of the coronavirus pandemic, New York City's mayor accepted the moniker during a news conference.
NEW YORK CITY MAYOR, BILL DE BLASIO said So almost 15,000 cases, we're now about 58 percent of the cases in New York state and still about exactly a third of the cases in this entire nation. So we are the epicenter. I don't want us to be the epicenter, but we are the epicenter of this crisis for this nation.The number of deaths related to Coronavirus is 131 as of this moment, one hundred and thirty one New Yorkers we've lost."
More than 42,000 people in the United States have contracted COVID-19, the respiratory illness caused by the virus, and at least 559 have died. In warning the country could become the global epicenter of the coronavirus outbreak, the WHO cited a "very large acceleration" in infections.
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