The United States of America is fighting with a severe wave of Covid-19 even as the vaccination rates remain high. The nation is constantly registering more than a hundred thousand cases on daily basis for the last weeks. This has caused the covid cases to reach the level they were in February this year.
Last week the US recorded 750,000 cases, the most since early February, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University and Bloomberg.
In the southeastern state of Florida, almost 135,000 weekly on Friday, a record for a state that makes up about one in five U.S. cases. The state of Louisiana reported that 1% of its entire population had been infected in the last two weeks among the unvaccinated, particularly by the delta variant.
Even as the pace of vaccination picks up again after months of a slump, the cases are continuously rising especially in hard-hit states like Louisiana and Arkansas. Just in the past month the daily average deaths have more than doubled. The healthcare experts warn that the pace of new infections could trigger deadlier mutations.
Anthony Fauci, chief medical adviser to U.S. President Joe Biden said in an interview earlier this week that, “It clearly has taken a very bad turn,” he added, “As long as you have virus freely circulating in society the way it’s doing now with 100,000 cases a day, you give ample opportunity for the virus to mutate.”
He even showed his concern on what’s going on now and what could conceivably happen if the US doesn’t get control of the virus.
It’s not just the USA that fighting new waves of Covid. Cases in UK have started to rise again and many cities in Australia like Sydney and Melbourne are under complete lockdown. Even infections and deaths in Thailand have reached record levels, while Philippines officials warned of surging infections.
Fauci suggested that businesses and colleges should consider requiring people to get vaccinated against the virus in light of the jump in cases.