COVID-19 cases are on the rise in all US states due to slow vaccination, and the emergence of the delta variant. Specialists believe it is necessary to give a real impetus to stop the spread of the virus in the United States.
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COVID-19 cases are on the rise in all states, as well as Washington, DC, with a 10% increase in cases since last week.
In 38 states, the increase is at least 50%, according to data from Johns Hopkins University that has been collecting cases since the start of the pandemic.
Scientists believe the increase is due to a vaccination stagnation: Only 48.3% of the population are fully vaccinated, according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
Hospitals are full
In Arkansas, where only 35.1% of the population has been fully vaccinated, the Delta variant has had a significant impact, said Cam Patterson, a University of Arkansas chancellor for Medical Sciences, adding that hospitals are “now full and cases are doubling every 10 days.”
State emergency services say they are receiving a record number of calls due to the spread of the virus, according to KATV.
Dr. Rochelle Wallinsky, director of the CDC, said there was still hope to avoid another wave if enough people were vaccinated.
Dr Walinsky added that due to the trend of increasing cases, cities and states are considering implementing travel restrictions for non-vaccinated travelers.
“I think it is time to step up our efforts in vaccination and our other preventive interventions,” she said.
She suggested that as the rise in cases continues, vaccination declines, and the delta variant emerges, the epidemic could worsen.
In California, Los Angeles County, the largest county in the country with a population of 10 million, is facing an increase in the number of cases and hospitalizations. A mask will become mandatory there again from Saturday.
US sees ‘unvaccinated pandemic’ emerging
On Friday, the US health authorities launched a strong call for vaccination against Covid-19, confirming that the epidemic toll began to rise again in the least vaccinated areas in the United States.
“The message that’s getting to us is clear: We’re starting to see an unvaccinated epidemic,” Rochelle Wallinsky, director of the Centers for Disease Prevention and Control (CDC), the main federal public health agency, said at a news conference.
Over the past seven days, the US has recorded an average of 23,300 new cases per day – up 70% from the previous week – 2,790 hospitalizations (+36%) and 211 deaths (+26%).
“Unvaccinated people account for nearly all hospitalizations and deaths,” Jeff Zentes, the White House epidemiological response coordinator, noted.
The resurgence of the disease is fueled by a delta variant, which now accounts for more than 80% of new cases, according to the site’s Specialist Spectrum.
A recent study published by the scientific journal Virological showed that this variant, which was initially discovered in India, grows in the body faster than previous forms of the disease, making infected people more contagious.
Vaccines currently available in the United States, from Pfizer, Moderna and Johnson & Johnson, remain very effective in protecting against them, but the vaccination campaign has slowed significantly in recent weeks in the country.
The goal set by Democratic President Joe Biden that 70% of adults had received at least one dose of the vaccine by July 4, National Day, has not been met. This rate was capped 10 days later at 67.9%.
Large swaths of the United States where anti-vaccine conservatives are predominantly, such as Missouri, Arkansas and Louisiana, have much lower rates and are today hardest hit by the pandemic’s recovery.
But health authorities maintain that 80% of people over 65, the most vulnerable, are vaccinated, which should limit the most serious cases and deaths.