(Fort Lauderdale) The US COVID-19 outbreak exceeded 100,000 new confirmed daily infections on Saturday, a milestone last exceeded during the winter wave caused by the highly transmissible Delta variant and poor vaccination rate in the south of the country is driven.
Posted on Aug 7, 2021 at 7:59 pm
Health officials fear that if Americans stop getting vaccinated, cases, hospital admissions, and deaths will continue to rise. Nationally, 50% of residents are fully vaccinated and over 70% of adults have received at least one dose.
“Our models show that if we stop vaccinating more people, we could reach hundreds of thousands of cases a day, similar to our increase in early January,” said the director of the Center for Control and Prevention of Diseases (CDC.). ), Rochelle Walensky, on CNN this week.
It took the United States about nine months to top 100,000 average daily cases in November before peaking at around 250,000 in early January. The number of cases hit its lowest level in June, averaging 11,000 per day, but six weeks later the number is 107,143.
Hospital stays and deaths are also rising, though they are still below the highs seen earlier this year, before vaccines became widely available. More than 44,000 Americans are currently hospitalized with COVID-19, according to the CDC, a 30% increase in one week and nearly four times more than in June.