U.S. Department of Health Assistant Secretary of Health Admiral Brett Giroir, MD, speaks about Covid-19 testing in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington, DC on September 28, 2020.
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The United States is in the midst of an “absolutely dangerous situation” like that Coronavirus outbreak Adm. Brett Giroir, deputy health minister, said on Wednesday.
Covid-19 Hospital stays and deaths have increased 25% week in and week out, “and this is not going in the right direction,” said Giroir, who leads the government’s Covid testing effort.
“At the moment we are in an absolutely dangerous situation that we must address with the utmost seriousness,” he said said Wednesday on MSNBC. “This is not a weeping wolf. This is the worst rate of increase in cases we’ve seen in the pandemic in the United States, and at the moment there are no signs of flattening.”
Said Giroir breaking news that both Pfizerand ModernaThe vaccines could be more than 90% effective, “very positive”, but none of the vaccines will help stop the US ballooning outbreak immediately. More than 1,000 Americans are currently dying from Covid-19 every day, according to data from Johns Hopkins University.
Giroir said further restrictions will be needed “in most places,” particularly the restriction on indoor restaurants and indoor bars. He added, “We know that local or state mask mandates tend to work.”
However, he noted that not all businesses need to close. And he pointed to Europe as evidence that the direction of an outbreak can be reversed while the K-12 schools remain open. With Covid numbers rising across Europe, a number of countries including France, the United Kingdom and Germany have introduced new restrictions on households and businesses but kept schools open.
“Vaccines are coming,” said Giroir, adding that this was “a really tough time”. Americans should now double down on public health measures that are slowing the spread of the virus.
“We all have to be incredibly concerned. We all have to be hardworking,” he said. “We have to make clear choices, wear our masks, physically distance ourselves and try to make better choices each day about where to assemble, how to assemble, and how to go about protecting the vulnerable.”
Giroir’s comments come as the US reported 161,900 new cases of Covid-19 on Tuesday, according to Johns Hopkins. According to a CNBC analysis of the data, the seven-day average of new cases is more than 157,300 new cases per day, an increase of more than 29% from the previous week.
More than 76,800 people were hospitalized with the virus on Tuesday, more than any other time in the pandemic, according to the Covid Tracking Project, which is run by journalists in the Atlantic.
The latest weekly White House Coronavirus Task Force report, received Tuesday by NBC News, warned of “aggressive, relentless, growing, nationwide communities reaching most counties with no sign of improvement, but one further deterioration. ” “”
“We all know what the data shows. The data is absolutely worrying,” he said. “I lose sleep at night because we’re in the pandemic right now, but we all know how to beat that too.”