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The new outbreak of COVID-19 in the United States is becoming “a pandemic of unvaccinated people”, Dr. Rochelle Walensky, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
During an information session in the white house, Dr. Walensky said that cases in the US were up about 70% in the last week, hospital admissions were up 36%, and deaths were up 26%. Almost all hospital admissions and deaths, he said, are among unvaccinated.
“There is a message that is very clear: this is becoming an unvaccinated pandemic,” said Walensky. “We are seeing outbreaks of cases in parts of the country that have low vaccination coverage because unvaccinated people are at risk.”
Jeff Zients, the White House COVID-19 coordinator, echoed that the pandemic is “one that predominantly threatens unvaccinated people.” Said the Biden administration expects cases to increase in the coming weeks due to the spread in communities with low vaccination rates, particularly given the spread of the most transmissible delta variant.
On the positive, Zients added that there are signs that the increase in cases is driving more people in those communities to seek vaccination at rates faster than the national average.
Four states accounted for 40% of new cases last week, and one in five came from Florida. California is also in the midst of an increase in COVID-19 cases, most of them the highly transmissible delta variant that has proliferated since the state fully reopened its economy on June 15 and removed capacity limits and social distancing. In the county The Angels, which has been registering more than 1,000 new cases each day for a week, authorities announced Thursday that residents must again wear masks indoors, regardless of your vaccination status.
More than half of the counties in Missouri, Arkansas y Louisiana have low vaccination rates and high levels of COVID cases, based on data from the CDC and Johns Hopkins University. Those three states are experiencing some of the highest levels of cases per capita in the country, it reported. CNBC News.
On New York, the most populous city in the country and which was the epicenter of the pandemic, the delta variant also now accounts for the vast majority of new COVID-19 infections, with such rapid growth that in recent weeks it almost doubled and currently almost 7 out of 10 positive cases are the product of this virulent strain.
Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.