WASHINGTON/Beijing - The spread of the new coronavirus has taken a “swift and very dangerous turn” in the US and China over the last couple of weeks.

The daily number of cases have gone from an average of about 2,000, to more than 5,000, he said.

Meanwhile, China has reinstated a lockdown near Beijing, affecting around 400,000 people, after a surge in cases there.

Coronavirus-related fatalities continue to pile up as the world passes half a million deaths.

More than 4,700 people are dying every 24 hours from COVID-19-linked illness, according to Reuters calculations based on an average from June 1 to 27.