The average number of daily COVID-19 cases reported in the US has reached a six-month high as the Indian ‘Delta’ variant continued to spread across the country.
On Wednesday, officials registered 106,557 new cases of the virus with a seven-day moving average of 90,576, according to data from Johns Hopkins University.
This represents a 283 percent of the average of 23,613 reported three weeks ago and is the highest figure since Feb. 14, when the average stood at 94,551, according to an analysis by DailyMail.com.
Every state — except Kansas — and the District of Columbia have seen infections increase or remain stable in the past seven days.
Deaths, which are a lagging indicator, are also starting to tick up.
There were 616 virus-related deaths on Wednesday with a seven-day moving average of 399, a 53 percent increase from the average of 260 three weeks earlier and the highest number since June 9.
It comes as the Delta variant continues to fuel the latest rise in cases, especially in states with lower vaccination rates.
however, the The World Health Organization called on Wednesday for a moratorium on booster shots until the end of September so that all countries can vaccinate at least 10 percent of their population.
On Tuesday, Dr Anthony Fauci said thatThe US is currently on a trajectory in its Indian ‘Delta’ Covid outbreak similar to that in the UK earlier this year.
Daily cases in Britain have hit a five-week low after peaking at around 54,000 in mid-July, meaning the US could see a similar trend in the next two to three weeks.
“Because an acceleration of vaccines does not show results until a few weeks later, we are already on a trajectory that is strikingly similar to the sharp slope the UK saw,” he said in an interview with the United Kingdom. Center for Strategic and International Studies.
On Wednesday, the US registered 106,557 new coronavirus cases with a seven-day moving average of 90,576, a 283% increase from 23,613 three weeks ago and the highest average since February 14.
The number of COVID-19 deaths is also rising, with 616 recorded on Wednesday at a seven-day moving average of 399, the highest figure since early June
Every state except Kansas and the District of Columbia has seen coronavirus cases increase or remain stable over the past week
Florida currently records the highest number of average infections per day in the nation with 22,145 reported on Tuesday.
This means the Sunshine State has seen its number of cases rise 111 percent in two weeks, from an average of 10,452 cases per day, according to a DailyMail.com analysis of data from Johns Hopkins University.
Florida reported a record high of 11,515 hospitalized COVID-19 patients on Tuesday, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
This not only breaks the record of 10,389 the day before, but surpasses the previous record of 10,170 hospitalizations recorded on July 23, before vaccines were available.
Despite the rising number of cases and hospitalizations, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis insisted on Tuesday that he will not appeal for another shutdown.
“We are not going to close,” he said at a press conference.
“These interventions have failed time and again during this pandemic, not only in the United States but also abroad. They have not stopped the spread. And especially with Delta, which is even more transferable, if it didn’t stop it before, it certainly won’t stop it now.”
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 58.4 percent of Florida residents have received at least one dose of COVID-19 vaccine and 49.1 percent have been fully vaccinated.
In Florida, infections have risen 111% in two weeks from an average of 10,452 cases per day to 22,145 (left). On Tuesday, Florida reported a record high of 11,515 hospitalized COVID-19 patients (right)
In Louisiana, cases are rising rapidly from an average of 2,414 per day to 3,965 per day (left). Currently, 2,112 patients with the virus are hospitalized, a record number (right)
The number of cases in South Carolina has risen 209 percent in the past 14 days, from an average of 718 per day to 2,225 per day (left). Hospital admissions also increased 170 percent from 219 patients to 593 over the same period (right)
Meanwhile, in nearby Louisiana, cases are also rising rapidly from an average of 2,414 per day to 3,965 per day, a 64 percent increase in the past two weeks, the DailyMail.com analysis shows.
Last week, the state recorded its highest-ever average with 4,622 cases per day.
According to the state’s health ministry, 2,112 patients are currently hospitalized with the virus, a record number and surpassing the previous record of 2,069 on Jan. 7.
It prompted Republican Governor John Bel Edwards to issue a mandate for an inner mask regardless of vaccination status.
“Nobody should work with the misconception that this is just another wave,” Edwards said at a news conference Monday.
“We’ve already had three. This is the worst we’ve had so far.’
The state’s vaccination rate is behind the national average: 43 percent of residents have received at least one dose, and only 37.1 percent have been fully vaccinated, data from the CDC shows.
Recently, South Carolina is also emerging as a new pandemic hotspot.
In the past two weeks, the number of cases has risen 209 percent in the past 14 days, from an average of 718 per day to 2,225 per day, one of the largest increases in the US.
Hospital admissions also jumped 170 percent from 219 patients to 593 during the same period, according to data from the CDC.
The state’s Department of Health and Environmental Control says the increase is likely due to the Delta variant, which accounts for more than half of all cases undergoing genomic sequencing.
Last month, the variant accounted for only five percent of cases, indicating a rapid increase in transmission, which DHEC spokesman Derrek Asberry said is “incredibly concerning.” The state.
“Since the Delta variant has proven to be more transmissible than previous species, its distribution could increase more rapidly and/or to a greater extent,” he says.
Also to blame is the state’s low vaccination rate, with only 47.2 percent of residents having received at least a first shot of the COVID-19 vaccine and 47.1 percent being fully vaccinated.