America will be in lockdown like Italy in less than two weeks, computer scientist claims: Worrying graph shows how coronavirus cases in the US are growing – as Surgeon General warns the epidemic will get ‘worse before it gets better’

Tuesday, March 10, 2020
By Paul Martin

Mark Handley, a computer scientist from UCL in London, tweeted a graph saying ‘everyone’ will be Italy in 9-14 days in terms of coronavirus cases
There are currently 795 cases in the US but it is 11 days behind Italy in diagnosing its first few cases
Now, there are 9,172 cases of the virus in Italy and 463 people have died from it
Surgeon General Jerome Adams said on Tuesday things would ‘get worse before they get better’
Trump has vowed that it’s business as usual in terms of how the country functions
But a growing number of companies are telling staff to work from home and schools are closing
The Dow rebounded on Tuesday after the worst single day point drop in history
Mayor Bill de Blasio insisted that New York City would not shut down soon, but urged: ‘Ask me in a week’

10 March 2020

Fears over the rapidly growing number of coronavirus cases in the US has led to questions over whether America will be forced to go into lockdown like parts of Italy and China, the countries which have been so far the worst-hit by the epidemic.

There are currently 795 cases of the virus in the US and 28 people have died from it.

In Italy, the numbers are far more alarming. As of Tuesday morning, 463 have died and there are 9,172 of it. Italy confirmed its first case of the virus 11 days before the US did.

On Monday night, computer scientist Mark Handley, Professor of Networked Systems and part-time Roboticist at UCL in London, tweeted a graph showing how growth figures in other infected countries compare to Italy’s.

‘Everyone else will be Italy in 9-14 days time,’ Handley tweeted along with the data.

According to his data, the US is on par with Italy’s growth for the number of days since the first infection.

The situation in Italy is so bad, some doctors have reported becoming ‘overwhelmed’ and crying because they cannot stop people from dying and are being forced to choose ‘who to save’.

President Trump adamantly stated on Monday during the day that nothing in the country was shutting down or failing due to the virus, despite financial chaos that brought Wall Street its worst day since 2008, a mass of school closures and growing number of diagnoses across the country.

Mark Handley tweeted this graph charting the growth of cases in the US (pink) compared to that of Italy, purple

Handley said ‘everyone else will be Italy’in 9-14 days time if the growth rates keep up

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