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Ottawa, Mar 31 (Canadian-Media): Having reported by far the most reported cases of COVID-19 than any country in the world, not just in total numbers but also with a per-capita rate, United States (U.S.) is now considered the epicentre of a global pandemic, media reports said.
Being made aware of grim projections by the U.S. health experts on April 30, that inaction of U.S. President Donald Trump could cost up to 2.2 million Americans their lives, Trump decided to extend social-distancing guidelines, extend international travel restrictions of visitors entering from Europe, and for those entering the U.S. from Canada until April 30.
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America's 161,000 reported cases was by far the highest in the world, followed by about 102,000 in Italy and under 90,000 currently reported by each China and Spain.
Nearly half the U.S. cases are in New York State, said Saverio Stranges, the chair of epidemiology and biostatistics at Western University's Schulich School
James Blanchard of the University of Manitoba said New York City might be uniquely prone for its population density; also, more than 65 million visitors flocked there last year.
The unemployment rate in the U.S. could hit 32 percent in this quarter, U.S. Federal Reserve had said.
This could have a drastic impact of Canada's economy, given that three-quarters of Canada's international exports go to the U.S.
It is also uncertain when Canadians with property in the U.S. will be permitted to return.
Border towns, like Detroit, that rely on Canada-U.S. travel are being hit especially hard, said Andrea Vaitzner, an immigration lawyer at Norton Rose Fulbright in Montreal.
For example, Detroit, a border town has recorded surging cases of COVID19 and Canadian medical workers are being effected by this.
The request of Rashida Tlaib, a member of Congress from Detroit to a U.S. House hearing this month to keep the flow of essential workers across the border is being complied with as Detroit relies on 1000 Canadian nurses.
Essential workers from Ontario have described how patients are forced to die in isolation and medical staff being asked to deliver final goodbye messages.