People enjoy themselves on the beach on March 4, 2021 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. College students have begun arriving in the South Florida area for the annual spring break ritual.
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The US could suffer another spike Covid-19 In cases of non-compliance with pandemic safety measures, the head of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention warned on Friday.
The nation is seeing a 7-day average of about 57,000 new Covid-19 cases per day, a 7% increase from last week, said CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky during a White House press conference on the pandemic. New hospital stays have increased “slightly” with around 4,700 admissions per day, she said.
“I am still deeply concerned about this development,” said Waleknsky. “We have seen cases and hospital admissions that have gone from historical declines to stagnations and increases. We know from previous waves that the epidemic curve has real potential to rise again if we don’t control things now.”
On Monday the CDC Again advised against travelingWhile Miami Beach, Florida was concerned, business owners worried about the chaos for the spring break. Miami Beach officials declared a state of emergency and ordered a rare weekend curfew to avoid spread Covid-19 and stop large crowds and unruly behavior in popular tourist destination.
US health officials have urged Americans to get vaccinated, especially as highly contagious and as soon as possible possibly more deadly variants spread it further. New variants are particularly a problem for public health officials as they could become more resistant to antibody treatments and vaccines.
Last week, White House chief medical officer Dr. Anthony Fauci, B.1.1.7, the highly contagious and possibly more deadly variant first identified in the UK. probably accounts for up to 30% of Covid-19 infections in the United States.
As variant cases increase, the pace of vaccination in the United States has increased rapidly, receiving an average of 2.5 million doses per day for the past week, Walensky said. Approximately 87.3 million Americans have received at least one dose of a Covid-19 vaccine, and approximately 47.4 million are fully vaccinated, according to the CDC.
Walensky urged the public to “take this moment very seriously” and add that people should continue to wear masks, stay half a meter apart, and avoid crowds or travel. “We can change that, but we all have to work together,” she added.
Will Feuer from CNBC contributed to this report.