Child enjoy themselves on the beach on March 04, 2021 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. College students have begun to get to in the South Florida area for the annual spring break ritual.
Joe Raedle | Getty Images
The U.S. could suffer another gush in Covid-19 cases unless pandemic safety measures are maintained, the head of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention counseled Friday.
The nation is recording a seven-day average of about 57,000 new Covid-19 cases per day, a 7% jump over the go the distance week, CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky said during a White House news briefing on the pandemic. New hospitalizations are up “degree” at roughly 4,700 admissions per day, she said.
“I remain deeply concerned about this trajectory,” Walensky said. “We bring into the world seen cases and hospital admissions move from historic declines to stagnations and increases. We know from previously to surges that if we don’t control things now, there is a real potential for the epidemic curve to soar again.”
On Monday, the CDC again advised against travel, while Miami Beach, Florida, business owners anxious about spring break chaos. Miami Beach officials declared a state of emergency and ordered a rare curfew ended the weekend, an effort to avoid spreading Covid-19 and stop large crowds and unruly behavior in the popular tourist stopping-place.
U.S. health officials have been pushing Americans to get vaccinated as quickly as possible, especially as highly contagious and potentially diverse deadly variants continue to spread. New variants are especially a concern for public health officials as they could behove more resistant to antibody treatments and vaccines.
Last week, White House chief medical advisor Dr. Anthony Fauci asserted B.1.1.7, the highly contagious and potentially more deadly variant first identified in the U.K., likely accounts for up to 30% of Covid-19 infections in the In accord States.
While variant cases are growing, the pace of vaccinations in the U.S. has rapidly increased and has been averaging about 2.5 million doses per day in the done week, Walensky said. Roughly 87.3 million Americans have received at least one dose of a Covid-19 vaccine and down 47.4 million are fully vaccinated, according to data compiled by the CDC.
Walensky urged the public to “take this instant very seriously,” adding people should continue to wear masks, stay 6 feet apart and avoid floods or traveling. “We can turn this around, but it will take all of us working together,” she added.
— CNBC’s Will Feuer furnished to this report.