The United States now has more than one million coronavirus cases across the country – accounting for a third of the global tally – as the death toll rises to more than 56,000.
Infections across the US increased by more than 27,000 on Monday, bringing the total number of cases to just over one million.
More than 1,300 Americans died overnight, bringing the total to just over 56,000.
The number of confirmed coronavirus infections across the world surpassed three million on Monday with the global death toll now standing at more than 205,000.
As the number of infections continues to rise, several US states are reopening in a bid to revive economies that have been ravaged by coronavirus lockdowns.
It comes despite warnings from health experts that increasing human interactions and economic activity too soon may spark a new surge of infections.
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In New York state, the epicenter of the US outbreak, infections increased on Monday by 3,900, bringing the total number of cases to just over 290,000.
The death toll in New York state increased by 337 overnight, bringing the total number of fatalities to more than 17,300.
Despite other states reopening amid the pandemic, the governors of hard-hit New York and New Jersey – part of a metropolitan region of about 32 million people – signaled then even limited restarting of business activities was at least weeks away.
Georgia started letting residents dine at restaurants and watch movies at theaters on Monday as more states from Minnesota to Mississippi took steps to ease coronavirus restrictions even though health experts warned it may be too early.
Keen to revive their battered economies, Colorado, Montana and Tennessee were also set to reopen some businesses.
Alaska, Oklahoma and South Carolina, along with Georgia, previously took such steps following weeks of mandatory lockdowns that threw millions of Americans out of work.
Business shutdowns have led to a record 26.5 million Americans filing for unemployment benefits since mid-March with forecasts by the Trump administration that the jobless rate would likely hit 16% or more in April.
Public health authorities warn that increasing human interactions and economic activity may spark a fresh surge of infections just as social-distancing measures appeared to be bringing coronavirus cases under control.
As the number of infections continues to rise, several US states are reopening in a bid to revive economies that have been ravaged by coronavirus lockdowns
It comes as a COVID‑19 mobility trends tool created by Apple shows that an increasing number of people in various major cities are now leaving the house more compared to the beginning of the month.
In Philadelphia, 20 percent more people were out walking on the weekend compared to the beginning of April.
New York has seen a 10 percent increase in the number of people walking, while Detroit has seen a 19 percent increase.
In Atlanta – where lockdown restrictions were partially lifted last week – there has been a 22 percent increase in people out walking compared to the beginning of the month.
The majority of Americans – about 95 percent – have been under stay-at-home orders for several weeks now in a bid to reduce the spread of the coronavirus.
Meanwhile, an analysis of smartphone data from the University of Maryland has shown that the nationwide social distancing index has dropped three percent, which equates to millions of people leaving their homes.
According to the university’s data, 44 out of 50 states are going backwards in terms of social distancing. The largest shifts have been in the south with Louisiana, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee among the worst offenders.
Global cases of coronavirus reach three million as countries begin to reduce lockdown conditions – and WHO chief says ‘the world should have listened’ to his warnings
There have now been more than 3 million confirmed coronavirus cases worldwide and 210,000 deaths, according to Johns Hopkins University.
It previously took almost four months for the virus to infect 1 million people, and then only 12 days for that number to double as the virus was confirmed as a pandemic. But the latest milestone comes 13 days after it was announced 2 million people were infected.
He criticized countries which did not heed the WHO’s advice about the outbreak early on, saying those that had were now coping better.
‘We can only give advice to countries. We don’t have any mandate to force countries to implement what we advise them,’ Dr Ghebreyesus said.
‘The world should have listened to the WHO carefully. We advised the whole world to implement a comprehensive public health approach – find, test, contact tracing and so on.
‘The countries who followed that are in a better position than others.’
Dr Ghebreyesus insisted the WHO had warned about the dangers of the virus at an early stage, declaring it ‘the highest level of emergency’ on January 30 when there were only 82 registered cases outside China.
But the organization has been accused of mishandling the outbreak amid claims of pro-China bias.
Earlier this month, Washington accused WHO of initially downplaying the coronavirus crisis.
Donald Trump launched an extraordinary attack on the agency, putting $500million in funding on hold while an investigation is conducted into its handling of the pandemic.
Trump singled out what he called the WHO’s ‘dangerous and costly decision’ to argue against international travel bans to combat the pandemic.
In a controversial tweet on January 14, the WHO said China had found no evidence of person to person transmission. It later praised China for its transparency about the virus.
Courtesy DAILY MAIL