Dr. Anthony Fauci has called the relaxation of pandemic restrictions “ premature, ” and warned of the potential for another US surge in COVID-19 as cases in New York and New Jersey soar.
According to data collected by Johns Hopkins, the national seven-day average of new daily cases is rising from about 50,000 earlier this month to more than 70,000.
What we’ll probably see is because of things like spring break and the withdrawal of the mitigation methods you’ve seen. Now several states have done that. I think it’s premature, ‘Fauci told CBS News’ Face the nation on Sunday.
New York has taken gradual steps to reopen, such as expanding indoor dining capacity and reopening movie theaters, but hasn’t changed as dramatically as other states like Texas and Mississippi.
Dr. Anthony Fauci has called the relaxation of pandemic restrictions “ premature ” and warned of the potential for another US surge in COVID-19 as cases in New York are soaring.
Fauci, the country’s leading infectious disease expert, has long taken a cautious stance on easing restrictions on business and social life, warning once again that a dangerous wave could be on the way.
“If you come down from a big peak and you reach a point and start to plateau, once you stay on that plateau, you really run the risk of a wave coming up,” Fauci said. “And that’s unfortunately what we’re starting to see.”
“What we’ll probably see is because of things like spring break and the withdrawal of the mitigation methods you’ve seen,” he said.
Fauci, President Joe Biden’s chief medical adviser, said the country is in a “ race ” between a rapid rollout of vaccines and a possible increase in new cases.
“There are 50 million people in this country who have been fully vaccinated. That’s a lot of people. And every day we get more and more, ‘he said.
‘I would expect as we get through the summer, late spring, early summer there will be a relaxation where you will have more and more people entering the baseball parks, very likely separated with seating, very likely by wearing masks, ”Fauci continued.
People gather in Domino Park on Friday with a background view of the Manhattan skyline in the Brooklyn neighborhood of New York City
NEW YORK: About 54,600 people in New York City have tested positive for the virus in the past week, a number that has started to rise in recent times. Trends for new cases in New York are shown above in a graph from Johns Hopkins University
NEW JERSEY: Even as the vaccination campaign has increased, the number of new infections in New Jersey has risen 37 percent in just over a month. Trends for new cases in New Jersey are shown above in a chart from Johns Hopkins University
“As we get very, very low infection rates, you’re going to start pulling back some of those restrictions, I hope. And I think that’s going to happen. I think if we do it the right way and we get the vaccines out at the speed that we do, that will happen, ”he said.
Biden was asked by reporters on Sunday for his opinion on the latest case numbers.
“Based on what I hear, people are apparently dropping their guard, but I have a meeting with the team tomorrow and I will get a better idea,” he said.
Even as the vaccination campaign has increased, the number of new infections in New Jersey has risen 37 percent in just over a month, to about 23,600 every seven days.
About 54,600 people in New York City have tested positive for the virus in the past week, a number that has recently started to rise.
The two states are now No. 1 and 2 in new infections per capita among US states. New Jersey reported about 647 new cases for every 100,000 residents in the past 14 days. New York has an average of 548.
The situation in New York and New Jersey reflects a national trend that has led to a significant increase in cases in recent days. The US has an average of nearly 62,000 cases per day, up from 54,000 two weeks ago.
Neither state experiences anything like what they saw last spring, when hospitals – and morgues – were flooded. And like the rest of the country, both are in a much better place than January, at the height of the winter pandemic.
But the lack of improvement or even relapse in recent weeks has raised concerns that states are opening too quickly and that people are too wary, just as potentially more contagious variants of the virus are circulating more widely.
However, in Texas, which lifted all pandemic restrictions earlier this month, cases largely continued to decline.
Texas, which lifted all pandemic restrictions earlier this month, has seen cases continue to decline for the most part, although they have risen in recent days.
While the seven-day average of daily new cases in Texas has risen slightly in recent days, it remains at levels similar to early October, before the fall rise.
Other states, including Maryland, Connecticut, and Mississippi, have relaxed Covid-related restrictions, lifted mask mandates, or allowed restaurants, retailers, and others to reopen with fewer or no restrictions.
Fauci also warned that travel could spark a new wave over the upcoming Easter holidays, as happened after the end of year holidays.
“Even if people wear masks on the plane when you arrive at the airport, the check-in lines, the food lines for restaurants, boarding … invariably increase the risk of getting infected,” he said.