The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) warn that as infections with the Delta variant of the coronavirus increase, the number of infections could reach “up to several hundred thousand a day.” The southern states now account for 41 percent of all new hospitalizations in the US, according to the organization.
“Our models show that if we do not vaccinate people, we will hit several hundred thousand cases a day, similar to the increases we saw in January,” warned Dr. Rochelle Walensky, director of the CDC.
According to the data of the American Johns Hopkins University, the weekly average of new SARS-CoV-2 infections is already above 100,000 cases a day.
According to the CDC, currently in the United States, 70.6 percent of residents have received at least the first dose of the vaccine, and 60.9 percent are fully vaccinated. Almost 330 million people in the country remain unvaccinated. The fewest vaccinations were carried out, among others, in the states of Florida and Texas.
CDC: Southern states account for 41 percent of all new hospitalizations in the US
Walensky also said that more than 44,000 Americans are currently hospitalized for coronavirus infection, a 30 percent increase over the previous week and four times the June COVID-19 balance. The situation is also illustrated by another statistic indicated by the CDC: the southern states account for 41 percent of all new hospitalizations in the country. It is about Florida, Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi, North and South Carolina, Tennessee and Kentucky.
The U.S. President’s chief medical adviser, Dr. Anthony Fauci, warned to prepare for the worsening of the situation, pointing out that an estimated 100 million vaccinees have not taken any dose of the vaccine.
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