WASHINGTON, Aug. 1 (Reuters) – President Joe Biden’s chief medical adviser Dr Anthony Fossie said on Sunday he did not expect the United States to return to the lockout, despite an increase in Govt-19 infections caused by the Delta variant.
“I don’t think we’re going to see locks,” Fuci, director of the National Institute for Allergy and Infectious Diseases, told ABC’s “This Week”.
“I think we have a sufficient percentage of the population in the country – not enough to quell the eruption – but I’m confident that it will not allow us to return to the state we were in last winter.”
The increase in delta variation cases is shaking the world. Areas of Asia that were relatively successful in having Kovit-19, the Philippines, Thailand and Vietnam are now locking up hot spots. read more
Some are backtracking against the new restrictions. From Monday, military personnel will assist police in Sydney, Australia’s largest city, to test whether positive test takers are being isolated.
In France, thousands of people protested for the third weekend in a row against the introduction of the mandatory health pass vaccine, which is required to travel to many public places, as the government fights the fourth wave of infections. read more
Although Fuci did not think the United States should be closed again like last year, he warned the ABC that “things will get worse” as the delta variation continues to spread.
“100 million people in this country are not eligible to be vaccinated, they are not vaccinated,” he said.
The average number of new cases reported every day in the last 10 days has almost doubled and the number of hospitalized patients in many states is increasing. A Reuters analysis.
At the same time, the number of Americans being vaccinated has increased. (Graphics of Global Vaccines)
“Its silver lining is that people are awake to it, and this may be a key point for those who are hesitant,” Francis Collins, director of the National Institutes of Health, told CNN on Sunday. “That’s what should happen if we’re going to put this Delta variant back in its place, because now it has a big party in the middle of the country.”
Florida has one of the worst explosions in the world in terms of new cases per capita. More than 110,000 new cases were reported last week, a 50% increase over the previous week.
The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said in a document that the Delta variant, first detected in India, is more contagious than chickenpox and is more contagious than the common cold or flu. It is spread by vaccinated people and can cause more serious illness than previous strains. read more
Report by Sarah N. Lynch and David Lauder; Editing by Daniel Wallis and Lisa Schumacher
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