The weekly amounts of Covid-19 cases and deaths in the United States have never been higher, and government officials warn of more alarming patterns after the holiday season.
The total number of Americans infected with the virus exceeded 22 million on Saturday, according to data from Johns Hopkins University, and more than 372,000 died.
From the states: Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshir said the state was seeing a “real and significant increase in cases and a level of positivity from the gatherings around the holiday.”
“This leap we are currently in is at least twice the severity of previous jumps we have seen,” the governor said on Friday.
This is our most dangerous time. “
Colorado State Epidemiologist Dr. Rachel Herlichy warned on Friday of “early signs” of an increase in Covid-19 cases. “We’re starting to see the impact of the holidays in our data,” she said. Health experts estimate that about one in 105 residents is currently infected, Herlichy added.
Uprising in the US Capitol: Health officials are also concerned that the Capitol raid on Wednesday could have consequences for the pandemic.
The director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention warned on Friday that the riot was likely to be an “outburst” that would have “public health consequences”.
“You had largely unmasked people in a non-distant way who had passed through the Capitol,” Dr. Robert Redfield told the McClatchy newspaper group. “Then all these people go by cars, trains and planes that are going all over the country right now.”
So I think this is an event that is likely to lead to a significant spread, “he added.
Register cases and deaths: In the nine days since the beginning of 2021, the United States has registered more than 2 million new cases of Covid-19 and more than 26,000 deaths, according to data from Johns Hopkins University.
The nation had an average of about 247,200 cases of Covid-19 a day in the past week of Friday – an all-time record and more than 3.7 times the summer peak set in late July, according to data from John Hopkins.
And in the last week, the country has averaged 2,982 deaths a day – the highest pandemic figure, according to John Hopkins. This week, for the first time, the United States reported more than 4,000 coronavirus deaths in a single day on Thursday.
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