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Infection rates are skyrocketing in the U.S., despite advances in vaccination

The number of COVID-19 cases detected per day in the United States has reached levels seen during the winter because of the rapid spread of the aggressive delta variant of the coronavirus. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports.

The average daily number of detected cases of coronavirus infection in the United States rose to 107,000. Back in June, the figure was 11,000. Previously, similar levels of incidence were recorded in November 2020, and in early January 2021, the number of cases reached a maximum of 250,000 per day.

According to Johns Hopkins University, the relative average daily increase over seven days has also increased. Over the past few weeks, it has risen from 270 per day to nearly 500 per 100,000 people.

A more contagious variant of the coronavirus is spreading rapidly among unvaccinated people, especially in the southern U.S., where hospital congestion is high.

Health authorities have expressed fears that the number of infections will continue to rise if more Americans are not vaccinated.

“Our models show that if more people are not vaccinated, the daily number of cases could reach several hundred thousand, as it did in early January,” said CDC Director Rochelle Walenski.

There has also been a spike in hospitalizations due to the coronavirus. Hospital congestion has increased so much that in some parts of the country there are not enough beds for patients. Many patients have had to be transported to neighboring states for medical care.

“The health care system is on the verge of collapse at this point ... I don't think the situation in the emergency rooms can improve in the next few weeks,” said David Persse of the Houston Health Department.

Mass Vaccination

Meanwhile, already 50 percent of Americans have been fully vaccinated, with at least 70.6 percent of adults receiving at least one dose. Authorities have administered 349 million doses of COVID-19 since the immunization program began.

However, the success of the vaccination plan is losing ground because of the aggressive delta strain, which can spread among vaccinated people.

U.S. authorities are urging people to wear masks and comply with health regulations. Many states are mandating the wearing of personal protective equipment. In New Jersey, for example, students and employees of kindergartens and schools are required to wear masks indoors, regardless of vaccination status.

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