Coronavirus cases worldwide double in a week to 400k as pandemic accelerates
Coronavirus cases have now hit 400,000, representing a doubling in the past week.
To date, more than 415,000 cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed, with 18,559 deaths.
There has been a major surge of new cases in the US, which have surged tenfold in the past week to more than 50,000.
The World Health Organisation (WHO) says 85% of cases in the past day have been recorded in Europe or the US.
It comes as WHO officials have warned the pandemic is accelerating.
The 100,000 cases milestone was reached on March 6, more than two months after the disease was first detected in the Chinese city of Wuhan.
It then took just 12 days for that figure to hit 200,000, and only a further three days to reach 300,000 cases.
Now the 400,000-case mark has been hit just two days later.
Despite this, US President Donald Trump has declared he wants to "reopen" his country's economy by Easter, less than three weeks away.
Speaking to Trump-supporting Fox News, he also said he wouldn't follow the steps taken by Europe and China to try and control the spread of the virus, as he "didn't want the cure to be worse than the disease".
The WHO has warned that the US is likely to be the next virus hotspot.
In India, a 21-day lockdown has been announced, leaving 1.3 billion people will be unable to leave home for the next three weeks.
The death toll has also grown sharply in Italy by 743 to 6,820.
This reverses a trend of declining daily fatalities over the past two days.
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- World Health Organisation
- Donald Trump
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