A group of men read public safety precautions while enjoying the bars and restaurants of South Beach during a spring break amid the coronavirus disease pandemic (COVID-19) in Miami, Florida, March 27, 2021.
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Hospitals are seeing more and more young people between the ages of 30 and 40 admitted with severe cases of Covid-1
“The data show that all this is happening as we see an increasing spread of options, with 52 jurisdictions already reporting concerns about options,” Valenski told a press briefing on the pandemic.
Scientists say new variants of the coronavirus are more portable and some of them can be more deadly, leading to more severe cases.
The highly contagious variant B.1.1.7 from the United Kingdom has become the dominant strain circulating in the United States, Valensky said.
Earlier, Valenski warned that spring vacation travel could lead to new growth in cases, especially in Florida, where the option is spreading rapidly.
“Please make a request in the name of the health of our nation,” Valenski said at a briefing last month. “Cases went up last spring, they went up again in the summer, they will go up now if we stop taking precautions as we continue to vaccinate more and more people.”
Since then, option B.1.1.7 has been circulating and now represents over 16,000 cases in 52 jurisdictions in the country. The variant is about 50% more transmissible than the original wild-type strain of coronavirus.