“The United States is facing the fourth wave of the epidemic.” On the 29th, the Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Rochelle Valensky expressed to the media a feeling of “doom is coming”. Subsequently, US President Biden once again called on state governors and mayors to resume the mandatory order to wear masks. Biden warned that the rebound of the new crown epidemic in the United States would have serious consequences.
“We are in a life-and-death race against the virus. Unfortunately, the new mutant virus is spreading, and the reckless behavior we have seen on TV in the past few weeks means that there will be more new cases in the future.” On the 29th, the states urged the states to suspend their efforts to reopen, “This is not a political issue. If you relax, please resume the mandatory order.” Varensky also expressed his concern that he would see the surge of cases in the summer and winter last year again. This is not only as the director of the CDC, but also as a wife, mother and daughter. Please wait.”
According to the “New York Times” report on the 29th, in the past week, the average number of new confirmed cases in a single day in 27 states in the United States increased by at least 10% compared with the previous week. Valensky said that the latest data shows that the United States has an average of about 60,000 new diagnoses every day in the past seven days, an increase of 10% over the previous seven days; the average number of hospitalizations in the past seven days has reached 4,800 people per day, an increase of 4.3% over the previous seven days. .
According to the New York Times database, in the past two weeks, nine states saw new cases increase by more than 40%, Michigan led with a growth rate of 133%, and cases in the northeastern United States also increased significantly. Valensky said the situation in the United States is similar to Europe a few weeks ago. In addition, because the mutant virus continues to spread in many states in the United States, and many states are almost completely open, many Americans are starting to prepare for summer outings. Princeton University epidemiologist Rachel Baker said that given the rise in cases in many parts of the world, including some states in the United States, the fourth wave of epidemic peaks may occur.
To combat the rebound of the epidemic, the US government is speeding up vaccination. According to the “Wall Street Journal” report, the Biden administration is currently working hard to add new vaccination sites to ensure that the number of pharmacies that can be vaccinated will double by April 19 and open more mass vaccination sites. Biden is optimistic that 90% of adults will be eligible for the vaccine by April 19, and 90% will have a vaccination point within 8 kilometers of their residence.
According to statistics from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, as of the 29th, more than 95 million people in the United States had received at least one dose of the vaccine, and more than 52 million people had completed the vaccination. At least six states announced on the 29th that all adults are eligible for the vaccine. According to the New York Times, the United States is embarking on a race between the vaccination campaign and the worrisome mutated new coronavirus. Some commentators believe that Biden’s presidency has entered the third month, but he is still struggling with some influences left by his predecessor, such as the politicization of wearing masks. As soon as Biden took office, he urged all Americans to wear masks for 100 days. But many Republicans criticized Biden for being too slow in reopening the economy. House Republican Leader McCarthy said on Twitter: “What the United States needs now is to fully restart our economy and classrooms.”