The weekly tally of Covid-19 cases and deaths in the United States has never been higher, and state officials warn of more alarming trends after the holiday season.
The total number of Americans infected with the virus topped 22 million on Saturday, according to data from Johns Hopkins University, and more than 372,000 have died.
States: Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear said the state was seeing a “real and significant increase in cases and our rate of positivity when people gather around the party.”
“This surge that we are in right now is at least twice as fast, the gravity, of the previous surges that we have seen,” the governor said Friday.
This is our most dangerous moment. “
Colorado state epidemiologist Dr Rachel Herlihy warned on Friday of the “first signs” of an increase in Covid-19 cases. “We are starting to see the impact of vacations showing up in our data,” she said. Health experts estimate that around one in 105 residents is currently contagious, Herlihy added.
U.S. Capitol Riot: Health officials are also worried that Wednesday’s storming of the U.S. Capitol could have consequences for the pandemic.
The director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention warned Friday that the riot would likely be a “peak event” that would have “public health consequences.”
“You had largely unmasked individuals in an undistarted manner, who were crossing the entire Capitol,” Dr Robert Redfield told the McClatchy News Group. “Then these individuals are all going in cars, trains, and planes to go home across the country right now.”
So I think this is an event that will probably lead to a major broadcast, ”he added.
Record cases and deaths: In the nine days since the start of 2021, the United States has recorded more than 2 million new cases of Covid-19 and more than 26,000 deaths, according to data from Johns Hopkins University.
The country has averaged around 247,200 cases of Covid-19 per day over the past week from Friday – a record high and more than 3.7 times higher than a summer peak set at the end of July, according to the data from Johns Hopkins.
And the country has recorded an average of 2,982 deaths per day over the past week – the highest figure in the pandemic, according to Johns Hopkins. This week also saw the first time the United States reported more than 4,000 coronavirus deaths in a single day, Thursday.
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