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Karl O’Donnell and Jeff Mason
July 8 (Reuters)-US COVID-19 cases increased by about 11% from the previous week, with highly infectious delta mutants nationwide among people who are almost completely unvaccinated.
Approximately 93% of recent COVID-19 cases occur in counties with immunization rates of less than 40%, Rochelle Walensky, director of the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, told media briefings.
Preliminary data from the last few months suggest that 99.5% of COVID-19 deaths occurred in unvaccinated people, she added.
“Simply put, cases and hospitalizations are increasing in areas with low vaccination rates,” Warensky said.
Earlier this week, the CDC said the delta variant of COVID-19 has become the predominant strain in the United States. Highly contagious variants are also predominant in other countries around the world.
According to Warensky, cases of COVID-19 are skyrocketing in counties representing 9 million people.
“Low vaccination rates in these counties, combined with high case rates and loose mitigation policies that do not protect unvaccinated people from illness, certainly and sadly lead to more unnecessary distress. Let’s do it, “she said.
Wall Street’s key index fell on Thursday as the epidemic of the COVID-19 Delta variant cast doubt on economic recovery.
The White House is concentrating federal support for vaccination and treatment of COVID-19 in states such as Arkansas, Missouri, Nevada, and Illinois, Jeff, who leads the White House’s COVID-19 response team.・ The White House said.
The White House announced last week that it would send a special team to hotspots across the United States to combat variants of the Delta as cases increase in parts of the United States.
The White House is also working to make the COVID-19 vaccine available in clinics nationwide, Zients added.
He said the spread of delta variants is especially dangerous for young people. Studies show that it can cause more serious illness among younger people than other variants of the coronavirus.
Walensky added that COVID-19 outbreaks have been seen in summer camps and other community events in the United States.
She said that both vaccinated and unvaccinated people with COVID-19 symptoms should be tested for the virus.
Report by Karl O’Donnell and Jeff Mason. Additional report by Susan Heavy. Edited by Chizu Nomiyama, Mike Collet White, and Cynthia Osterman.