The number of COVID-19 cases across the United States has risen sharply recently;
The federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said the mutated virus could become a common source of infection by April, potentially undermining efforts to speed up vaccination to slow the spread of the virus.
Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), said the failure to slow down the 70, 000 cases a day was a concern that the spread of the supervirus could lead to another outbreak.
CDC Director John Valensky said on Monday that people should be on guard against the severity of the mutated virus.
Most of the record-breaking 306 cases reported on February 28 are now concentrated in three states, including 104 in Florida, 85 in Michigan and 41 in Texas.
Most of the virus that has been reported in the United States is the strain B.1.1.7, first discovered in the United Kingdom, which may have become the main source of infection in April.
After the coronavirus diagnosis curve reached the peak in January, it slowed down in February, but there were signs that the epidemic might rise again.
The number of confirmed cases in several prefectures increased again on February 28, weeks and even a month after the outbreak subsided.
In an interview with CNN’s “State of the Union” on Thursday, Fauci said that existing vaccines are still highly effective against the mutated virus.
As for the rise in cases due to the prevalence of the mutant strain, CDC Director Rochelle Walensky said: ‘We may not be able to assess the extent to which the mutant strain is spreading.’
She says the number of diagnoses has continued to fall in the past few weeks, and last week was up two percent from the previous week, while the number of seven-day deaths also rose two percent to nearly two thousand a day.
Valensky called for a relaxation of prevention measures to keep Texas safe and encouraged people to get vaccinated. Vaccines will be the way to get us out of the epidemic. If we don’t get there, we must get more people vaccinated.
‘We’ve seen what happens when we don’t do it properly,’ Mr. Fauci said in an interview on the CBS program ‘Face the Nation.’ ‘We beat the virus, but we haven’t done it yet.’
In the United States, 75,194 new cases of the new coronavirus were confirmed on Feb. 26, compared with a weekly average of about 69,000.
We understand the needs and aspirations of the people, because when the epidemic gets a little better, we want to get back to normal.
But we have to get the baseline lower, especially with the mutants spreading in California and New York, we have to be more careful, Fauci said.