COVID-19 infections rise in northern states, Rocky Mountains
The United States is staring at increased cases in counts and deaths due to COVID-19 in most of its states, especially in the northern tier and the Rocky Mountains, with a potential fifth wave of the pandemic in sight, according to local media reports.
In the week ending on Wednesday, case counts were higher in 29 states than they were the week before, Xinhua news agency quoted a USA Today analysis of Johns Hopkins University data on Friday. A month ago, cases were rising in just 12 states. Compared to a week earlier, hospitals in 23 states reported a rising number of likely COVID-19 patients, the analysis revealed.
Experts are of the opinion that the surge is being driven by a combination of factors including the seasonality of the virus, waning immunity, and many still unvaccinated Americans, the USA Today reported.
The newspaper further quoted Arnold Monto, a professor of epidemiology at the University of Michigan School of Public Health, that SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, is behaving like other Coronaviruses that have circulated the globe for decades.
On Thursday, PBS News reported that new COVID-19 infections were on the rise despite booster shot rollouts, a new vaccine for children, and a promising pill that can reduce hospitalizations and deaths.
Andy Slavitt, former senior White House adviser for COVID-19 response said, “There’s a couple of things in this country we just have to make sure we’re paying attention to of which one is, we haven’t nearly vaccinated enough people and we have much of the world that’s still not vaccinated.”
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), close to 100 percent of US adults aged 65 and older have now received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine.
[With Inputs from IANS]
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